2014 NCAA National Championships Session VI - Championship Matches
2013-14: Cox has etched his way into the Mizzou Wrestling record books as a true freshman for the Tigers, posting a 37-2 record and becoming the only Tiger in history to advance to the NCAA Finals as a freshman. Cox opened up 2013-14 with 10 straight victories and two open tournament titles at 197 pounds at the Daktronics Open and Joe Parisi Open. Cox's first loss since his freshman year of high school came in his first career home dual at Mizzou to Ohio's No. 15 Phil Wellington, a 6-4 decision on December 6. Cox would become champion in four of five tournaments throughout his true freshman campaign, with his lone setback coming at the Southern Scuffle where he finished third. Cox fell to No. 2 Kyven Gadson (Iowa State) in sudden victory of the semifinals for his second loss of the season. Despite his third place finish, Cox picked up two signature wins over No. 3 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) on day two of the Scuffle including an 8-2 trumping of the Nittany Lion in the third place match, catapulting him up the 197-pound rankings.
The Columbia, Mo.-native finished 11-1 in dual play, starting each of Mizzou's 12 duals. Down in Norman, Okla., Cox jumped to the No. 2-spot in the country after a 6-1 disposal of No. 3 Travis Rutt (Oklahoma). At the MAC Championships, Cox cruised to the finals with a 21-6 tech fall over Jackson Lewis (Central Michigan) and an 11-1 major decision over NIU's Shawn Scott to set up a rematch with Ohio's Wellington. Cox would avenge his first collegiate loss by way of a 10-1 major. His championship performance earned him the MAC Championship's 'Most Outstanding Wrestler.'
At the 2014 NCAAs in Oklahoma City, Cox, seeded No. 2, topped No. 14 Chris Penny (Virginia Tech) by decision 4-1 in the semifinals to become Mizzou's youngest NCAA finalist in program history and first since Max Askren won in 2010. Cox's .948 winning percentage (37-2) prior to the NCAA finals is the best mark posted by a freshman in Mizzou Wrestling history, surpassing Ben Askren's 32-5 freshman campaign. It also sits as the third-best winning percentage in program history, with Askren boasting two perfect seasons (2006, 2007).
With a win over No. 1 Nick Heflin (Ohio State) in the 197-finals, Cox will be Mizzou's fourth wrestler to win an NCAA title. It would be the program's fifth title overall.
High School: Cox attended Hickman High School in Columbia and comes to Mizzou with one of the most impressive high school resumes in the country. After losing three times in his freshman year at Hickman, J'den never lost again, finishing his career with 195 victories to just those three losses. He was a four time state champion at Hickman where he also lettered in football.
In high school, Cox made noise nationally after being crowned the 2012 Fargo Asics Nationals 220-pound Junior Freestyle Champion. In 2011, Cox was the Fargo Asics Nationals Cadet Greco Roman Champion at 215 pounds, and took third in the 215-pound freestyle bracket.
Personal: Cox was born to Michael and Cathy Cox on March 3rd, 1995 in Columbia, Mo. He is the third of four children, with two older brothers, Zach and Drae, and Chai, the youngest brother. Cox intends on majoring in Psychology.