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February’s Senior in the Spotlight is a truly outstanding young man. He has made a name for himself in the wrestling community not just in Oklahoma, not just in the United States, but all over the world. That young man is Daton Fix.
Fix has enjoyed wrestling success throughout high school. He holds three state wrestling titles and will be competing for a fourth this month. He is considered one of the top wrestlers in the country and is not just internationally ranked, but internationally well-known.
This past November, Fix announced that he will continue his wrestling career as a Cowboy at Oklahoma State University. How does he prepare for both the upcoming state tournament and for wrestling at the college level this fall? He simply continues training like always. He said it’s important to keep working hard and never become complacent, and that working overtime is key to “keep the edge on people.”

Fix is looking forward to wrestling at the “next level” in college. His father, Derek Fix, was a teammate of Oklahoma State’s current wrestling coach John Smith when they were on the wrestling team in college at OSU, so Daton Fix has grown up around OSU’s program and coaches. He said two of the main differences between wrestling at the high school level and wrestling at the college level are opponent toughness and scoring.
“As a senior, at high school matches your guy is probably younger than you,” Fix said. “But not in college. Your guy is tough.”
That’s a good thing for Fix – he likes competition. He also said it’s harder to score in college wrestling matches and that every point is truly earned.
Fix’s ultimate goal is to become an Olympic gold medalist. He’s looking toward the 2020 and 2024 Olympics to make that dream a reality.

He already has quite a bit of experience wrestling abroad. Fix has wrestled in countries including Colombia, Brazil, Slovakia and China, and he said he has always returned home more grateful for what he has.
“In America, we don’t always realize how it is [in other countries],” Fix said. “We take just a cold bottle of water for granted – they don’t have that everywhere.”
Throughout his success, Fix’s family has helped him stay grounded. He said when he’s not wrestling he is usually hanging out with them.
“My little brother and little sister keep me humble,” Fix said.
Fix’s humility and love for his family are perhaps two of his most apparent attributes and most outstanding qualities. He is more humble than most ordinary people; let alone decorated, internationally known wrestlers. And he is quick to point out how grateful he is for both his family’s and for Sand Springs’ support.
“The community and school’s support and understanding, and how they’ve worked with me at school [when out of the country] – I’m so grateful for that,” Fix said.
Fix is looking forward to joining the wrestling community at Oklahoma State. He said the OSU community’s support of the wrestling program is similar to the support he’s received in Sand Springs and at Charles Page High School. And growing up just an hour from Stillwater should make for an easy transition.
You can catch Daton Fix in action at the State Tournament February 24-25 at the Oklahoma City State Fair Arena, and rest assured that this humble Sandite will do great things at OSU and beyond while remaining true to his roots.