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Fix is Top NCAA Seed for St. Louis, Two Others Seeded in Top Five

March 11, 2021

STILLWATER – The NCAA released the seedings and brackets for the NCAA Championships taking place from March 18-20 in St. Louis, Mo. Oklahoma State will send nine Cowboys to the event with four wrestlers earning top-10 seeds in their brackets, including top-seeded Daton Fix at 133 pounds.

This is the second time Fix has been named the No. 1 seed at the NCAA tournament, after getting the top seed in 2019 where he finished his freshman season as the runner-up after a controversial finish in the championship match. After not competing for the Pokes last season, Fix returns to the event boasting a 9-0 record, including eight bonus-point wins and four falls. In his last outing, he collected his second Big 12 individual championship in as many appearances at the conference tournament.

Two other Cowboys earned top-five seeds in their respective brackets, Boo Lewallen (149) and AJ Ferrari (197). Both wrestlers earned the fourth seed in their weight classes after winning Big 12 Championships in Tulsa.

Lewallen, a two-time All-American, won his third conference championship last week, joining Zack Esposito and Reggie Wright as the only 149 pounders to win three conference titles at OSU. At 16-1 this season, Lewallen is tied for the team lead in wins and went undefeated in duals. His only loss is to No. 3 seed Brock Mauller (MIZZ), in a 7-5 tiebreaker match at the Cowboy Challenge Tournament. He will look to improve upon an eighth place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championship.

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Ferrari spiked his seed by winning the Big 12.

Ferrari, the fourth seed at 197 pounds, ran through a loaded bracket at the Big 12 Championships by defeating the No. 5 and No. 6 wrestlers in the nation, to become the 13th true freshman to win a conference championship in program history. He leads the Cowboys with six ranked wins on the season, with his only loss coming to former top-ranked Noah Adams of West Virginia, 3-2.

Travis Wittlake is the fourth Cowboy to earn a top-10 seed. The sophomore is 16-1 on the season after suffering his first loss in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. A first team All-American in 2020, Wittlake was the fourth seed at the NCAA tournament last season after a 28-2 record as a freshman.

Dakota Geer (11), Dustin Plott (18) and Trevor Mastrogiovanni (21) all landed inside the top-20 of their brackets. Geer will return to the event at 184 pounds where he had a Cinderella run to the podium as the No. 26 seed in 2019. The senior leads the Cowboys in tech falls and major decisions on the season with six apiece while collecting a 15-3 record. Making their first tournament appearances, Plott and Mastrogiovanni placed fourth and fifth in the Big 12 tournament. At 14-4 on the season, Plott will take on No. 31 seed, Jake Logan of Lehigh, while Mastrogiovanni will face Brandon Kaylor of Oregon State, who he defeated, 7-4, earlier this season.

You can find the brackets for each weight class for the NCAA Championships right here.

Heavyweight Austin Harris will wrestle in his first NCAA Championship as the No. 30 seed. He earned a spot in the bracket after receiving one of six at-large bids in his weight class.

The ninth Cowboy John Smith will be taking to St. Louis will be 157-pounder Wyatt Sheets, who found out Thursday afternnon he was eligble to wrestle into the NCAAs as the No. 33 via the pigtail.

The NCAA Championships will begin in St. Louis a the Enterprise Center on Thursday, March 18 with the first session getting underway at 10 a.m.

NCAA Championship Seeds
125: Trevor Mastrogiovanni – No. 21
133: Daton Fix – No. 1
149: Boo Lewallen – No. 4

157: Wyatt Sheets - No. 33
165: Travis Wittlake – No. 10
174: Dustin Plott – No. 18
184: Dakota Geer – No. 11
197: AJ Ferrari – No. 4
HWT: Austin Harris – No. 30

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