J'den Cox
J'den  Cox


Columbia, Mo.

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2014 NCAA National Championships Session VI

2014 NCAA National Championships Session VI - Championship Matches


• 2015 NCAA All-American (5th place - 197 pounds)
• 2015 MAC Champion (197 pounds)
• 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
SOPHOMORE (2014-15)

• Coming off his first-year NCAA National Championship, once again earned All-American honors and cemented himself as one of the top 197 pound wrestlers in the country.
• Finished the season with a 37-2 total record, including a perfect 21-0 dual record (6-0 in MAC duals).
• Concluded the regular season with an unblemished 30-0 record, and stretched his perfect record well into NCAA Championships.
• Suffered his first season loss on March 20, 2015 in the 197 pound NCAA Championships semifinals matchup. Before the loss, had put together a 36-0 record and an NCAA leading 56 consecutive victories dating back to the end of his 2013-14 season.
• Heading into 2015 NCAA's, his 36 consecutive victories included a 197 pound championship at the Cyclone Open, a 197 pound title at the Southern Scuffle, and 197 pound top honors at the MAC Wrestling Championships.
• After losing back-to-back matches at NCAA's, rebounded with a 4-2 decision win over Conner Hartmann (Duke) to secure fifth place.
• His perfect 3-0 record and 197 pound title at the MAC Wrestling Championships was his second straight crown, and locked up his second consecutive trip to NCAA's.
• During his perfect 21-0 regular season dual record, he tallied 87 total dual points which led all Mizzou grapplers.
• Of his 37 season wins, 19 of those produced bonus points for the team (seven MD, four TF, and eight Falls).
• Defeated 12 nationally ranked wrestlers on the season, including two up a weight class at HWT.
• Highest ranked wins included 2-1 decision over No. 4 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State), 6-1 decision over No. 5 Conner Hartmann (Duke), 4-3 decision over No. 6 Nathan Burak (Iowa) and 3-2 decision over No. 8 Max Huntley (Michigan.
• Two-time MAC Wrestler of the Week (Nov. 24-30 and Dec. 29 - Jan. 4).
• Went 4-2 at 2015 ASICS U.S. Senior Open (97 kg / 213 lbs.), good enough for 4th place finish and automatic bid to 2015 U.S. World Team Trials.
FRESHMAN (2013-14)

• 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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