Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate and Oklahoma State University freshman Daton Fix (30-0) traveled to Tampere, Finland this week for the United World Wrestling Junior World Freestyle Championship. The four-time undefeated High School State Champion breezed through the competition to attain his longtime goal of winning a World Championship.
Fix has previously competed in three World Championships. Last summer he took Bronze at Junior Worlds in Macone, France, and in 2015 he took Bronze at Cadet Worlds in Sarajevo, Bosnia. In 2014 he placed tenth in Snina, Slovakia. He also won Silver at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
The Sandite sailed through the tournament with unreal ease, outscoring his opponents by a combined score of 53-1, not giving up a single point till the finals.
Building up to the finals, Fix defeated Mediterranean Champion Salah Eddi Kateb of Algeria, defending World Champion Afgan Khashalov of Azerbaijan, fellow World Bronze medalist Gulomjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan, and Asian Bronze Medalist Nader Amir Nasrisamakoush of Iran all without giving up a single point. In the finals he topped Youth Olympic Gold Medalist Ismail Gadzhiev 12-1 to seal the deal.
Fix was joined in the winner's circle by Mark Hall of Penn State and Gable Steveson of the University of Minnesota. Zahid Valencia, Ryan Deakin, and Mitchell McKee came in runner-up and together the six finalists secured the team title for the United States by a one-point margin over Russia.