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NCAA Wrestling: Daton Fix Secures Win No. 100, Two Cowboys Advance to Quarterfinals

Fix is the 45th wrestler in program history to 100 wins.





TULSA — Daton Fix is 100-4 in his college career after beating Northern Iowa’s Kyle Biscoglia 8-4 to advance to the NCAA 133-pound quarterfinals. If Fix can get to 103-4, he’ll win his first NCAA title.

Fix, who is the 45th wrestler in program history to the century mark, joins fellow returning All-American Dustin Plott as Oklahoma State wrestlers advancing to Friday’s quarterfinals with another five Cowboys set to continue consolation bracket runs. OSU tied for 17th in the team standings after the first day with 10 team points. Penn State leads the way with 26 team points.

“Wish it could have been a little better,” OSU coach John Smith said. “It was a tough day. We won some tough matches, we lost some tough ones. Position in the bracket a little bit tough, makes it a little tougher. But we’ve got seven alive going into tomorrow, and that’s important.”

It was the second time Fix wrestled Biscoglia this season. On Thursday, Fix won 8-4, a closer match than his 8-1 win against Biscoglia on Jan. 28, but Fix said he thought he wrestled better Thursday than he did in the dual. Fix scored a pair of first-period takedowns and scored a reversal to start the second period. Biscoglia scored a reversal in the third, but Fix reversed that reversal to get his eighth point.

Fix will face Illinois’ Lucas Byrd in the quarterfinal round. The 10 seed, Byrd upset 7 seed Michael Colaiocco with a 6-3 decision to earn the opportunity to face Fix. Two-time NCAA champ Roman Bravo-Young also won on the other side of the bracket, as did highly touted 3 seed Vito Arujau, Fix’s could-be opponent in the semifinals.

“He looks good,” Smith said of Fix. “He’s gonna have to have a good day tomorrow, just like anyone. Seven alive. Need to win some matches. Need to make sure that we win tough matches. That’s what we’ve done all season. It’s not a team that’s gonna get bonus points. It’s a team that’s gonna win tough matches.”

Plott beat Oregon State’s Aaron Olmos 10-6. The result came after Olmos beat Plott 9-4 on Jan. 8. On Thursday, Plott trailed 6-5 after two periods before escaping, scoring a takedown and snagging a riding time point in the third.

The 5 seed, Plott will wrestle 4 seed Chris Foca out of Cornell in the quarterfinals. Should Plott win that match, he’d be an All-American for the second time in as many seasons.

“It’s been alright — about as expected,” Plott said. “It’s been tough. Nationals is a tough tournament. No gimme matches. I came prepared ready for two wars, and that’s what I’ve had.”

Session 2 Results

125No. 18 Miller (Penn) inj. No. 31 Witcraft (OSU), 4:33
133No. 2 Fix (OSU) dec. No. 15 Biscoglia (Northern Iowa), 8-4
141No. 29 Titus (WVU) dec. No. 13 Young (OSU), 4-1
149No. 23 Voinovich (OSU) dec. No. 26 Higley (George Mason), 15-8
157No. 7 Andonian (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 10 Gfeller (OSU), 11-3
165No. 31 Sheets (OSU) dec. No. 18 Mayfield (Northwestern), 7-2
174No. 5 Plott (OSU) dec. No. 12 Olmos (Oregon State), 10-6
184No. 7 Bolen (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 10 Wittlake (OSU), 6-1
197No. 2 Truax (Cal Poly) dec. No. 15 Surber (OSU), 8-2
HWTNo. 29 Jaron Smith (Maryland) dec. No. 20 Doucet (OSU), 7-3
(Italics note consolation match)

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