J'den Cox
J'den  Cox


Columbia, Mo.

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Waters Takes Third, Cox Takes Fifth at NCAA Championships Session #5

Mayes & Miklus each win seventh place contests to round out strong Tiger showing


Five Tigers Grab All-American Honors At NCAA Championships Session #4

Redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt (149) competes for National Championships tomorrow


Tiger Style Back Up To Third Place After NCAA Championships Third Session

Waters, Houdashelt, and Cox secure All-American honors, four others still with chance entering tonight's session


Miklus' Pin Highlights Tigers' First Session At NCAA Championships

Seven of ten Mizzou grapplers advance to second round of winners' bracket


Nine Tigers Remain In Play Following NCAA Championships Second Session

Waters (125), Houdashelt (149), and Cox (197) last remaining Mizzou grapplers in winners' bracket


Missouri Wrestling at the National Championships - March 21, 2015

Missouri Wrestling at the National Championships


2014 NCAA National Championships Session VI

2014 NCAA National Championships Session VI - Championship Matches


• 2014 NCAA National Champion (197-pounds)
• 2014 MAC Champion (197-pounds)
• 2014 MAC Wrestler of the Year
• 2014 MAC Freshmen of the Year
• 2014 SEC First-Year Honor Roll
FRESHMAN (2013-14)

Cox Freshman
• Keeping his redshirt off for this season, Cox had the most successful season on the Tiger squad, picking up 38 wins on the season as well as both a conference and national title at 197 pounds.
• In his first collegiate match of his career, Cox defeated Colt Castlebury of North Dakota State by major decision, 14-4.
• Claimed tournament titles at the Warren Willams/Daktronics, Joe Parisi and UNI Opens. Won all 13 of his matches across the three tournaments including wins over Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma St.), Basil Minto (UNI) and Willie Miklus (Mizzou).
• Finished in third place at the Southern Scuffle, picking up his first 3 ranked wins including two over No. 3 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) and another over No. 15 Rosholt (Oklahoma St.).
• Won his remaining dual matches including ranked wins over No. 3 Travis Rutt (Oklahoma) and No. 19 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma St.).
• Cox's only two regular season losses came against Phil Wellington (Ohio) during the Ohio dual and No. 2 Kyven Gadson (Iowa State) at the Southern Scuffle.
• Represented the Tigers at the 2014 MAC Championships. In a rematch from earlier in the season, Cox defeated Ohio's No. 8 Phil Wellington in the finals to claim his first conference title. The major decision (10-1) win helped the Missouri team claim their third-consecutive conference title. The win also gave him an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Championships.
• At Nationals, Cox dominated his way to the finals as the No. 2 seed.
• In the semi-finals, a 4-1 decision win over No. 14 Chris Penny (Virginia Tech) pushed Cox through to the finals, where he was faced by No. 1 Nick Heflin of Ohio State.
• In what came down to an officials review on a possible takedown at the last second of the match (the official call was that the takedown occurred after the match had ended - it was a matter of seconds), Cox won his first NCAA National Championship by decision 2-1. He was the fourth Tiger wrestler, and the youngest, to win a National Championship, giving Mizzou it's fifth title since 2006.
• Was honored with the 2014 MAC Freshman of the Year and 2014 MAC Wrestler of the Year awards.
• Earned two program awards - the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award and the Marshall Esteppe Most Outstanding Freshman Award.

• Came to Mizzou with one of the most impressive high school resumes in the country.
• Lost three time his freshman year, and went undefeated for the remainder of high school, finishing with an overall record of 205-3. His senior season he went 56-0.
• Was the first Missouri wrestler to accomplish the feat of claiming four state titles in four different weight classes. Cox began at 171 pounds his freshman year, working his way up each year jumping to 215 pounds, 220 pounds and finally HWT his senior year.
• Made noise nationally after being crowned the 2012 Fargo Asics Nationals 220-pound Junior Freestyle Champion.
• In 2011, was the Fargo Asics Nationals Cadet Greco Roman Champion at 215-pounds, additionally taking third in the 215-pound freestyle bracket.
• Was a member of the 2013 Junior Nationals Duals All-Tournament Team.
• Won the 2013 NHSCA Adam Frey Memorial Award and the 2013 central region Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
• Lettered in both wrestling and football all four years of his time at Hickman.
• Claimed All-State honors as a linebacker for the Hickman football team his junior year.

• J'den was born to Michael and Cathy Cox on March 3, 1995 in Columbia, Mo.
• Is the third of four children, with two older brothers, Zach and Drae, and Chai, the youngest brother.
• Brother, Drae, wrestled for Lindenwood University.


Season Overall Duals (MAC) Tournament (MAC/NCAA) Major Dec. Fall Tech. Fall
2013-14 38-2 11-1 (7-1) 27-1 (3-0/5-0) 10 4 3
2014-15 37-2 21-0 (6-0) 16-2 (3-0/4-2) 7 8 4
Career 75-4 32-1 (13-1) 43-3 (6-0/9-2) 17 12 7
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