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'We got our leader back': Oklahoma State wrestler Daton Fix set to return from suspension at Cowboy Challenge

Oklahoma State's Daton Fix is set to wrestle for the Cowboys on Sunday for the first time since March of 2019. [IAN MAULE/TULSA WORLD]
Oklahoma State's Daton Fix is set to wrestle for the Cowboys on Sunday for the first time since March of 2019. [IAN MAULE/TULSA WORLD]

STILLWATER — Daton Fix’s one-year suspension officially ended this week and the Oklahoma State wrestler is set to take the mat in the Cowboy Challenge at Gallagher-Iba Arena, a tournament OSU coach John Smith designed specifically for Fix’s return.

“He’s excited,” Smith said of Fix. “It’s been a long journey.”

Fix was suspended for one year, through last Wednesday, after testing positive for ostarine, a banned substance that is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

An investigation revealed that Fix unknowingly ingested the substance from a water bottle at his family home. His father had mixed supplements and ostarine in the water bottle and left it in the refrigerator.

“I said it from the beginning, he did not take anything to try to enhance his performance,” Smith said. “That was proven. I think for somebody like Daton, that’s important. He’s a good young man that loves wrestling. It’s good to see him in a better place after one year.”

Now, the Cowboys are focused on getting Fix the minimum number of matches needed to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA championships, starting with Sunday’s Cowboy Challenge, which is set to begin at 11 a.m.

“This tournament was set up for Daton Fix,” Smith said. “We need to get Daton four matches, and those have to be matches that are not wrestled against your own team.

“If we don’t get those four matches in before the Big 12 championships, then Daton’s not an automatic qualifier, therefore, he’ll have to win the Big 12 in order to go to the NCAA championships.”

Fix, who is among the top contenders nationally at 133 pounds, would help the Big 12 Conference by earning an automatic berth to the NCAA championships, because it would open the door for an additional wrestler from the conference to gain a spot in the NCAAs.

More importantly for the Cowboys as a team, Fix brings a potent threat back to the 133-pound spot in the lineup.

“We got our leader back,” Smith said. “Daton Fix leads this team, and he has since he’s been here. And he was when he was sitting the year out. Now we get to watch him again.”

Fix has been competing with teammates in the wrestling room for most of the last two years — during his redshirt year and the suspension. And teammates have seen the edge he brings to the mat.

“He’s still definitely a leader and works very hard in the room,” OSU freshman Dustin Plott said. “If you saw him, you definitely wouldn’t think that he’s not been able to compete, because he trains at such a high level all the time.

“It’s gonna be real cool to see him back on the mat.”

Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›