J'den Cox

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J'den Cox
2016 Summer Olympics, Men's Freestyle Wrestling 86 kg awarding ceremony.jpg
Cox (right) at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full nameJ'den Cox
National teamUSA
Born (1995-03-03) March 3, 1995 (age 23)
Columbia, Missouri
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight86kg (189 lb) 197 lb
CountryUnited States of America
Event(s)Freestyle (International) Folkstyle (College)
College teamUniversity of Missouri
ClubMissouri Wrestling Foundation

J'den Cox (/ˈdən/ JAY-dən, born March 3, 1995) is an American wrestler who specializes in freestyle wrestling and folkstyle wrestling.[1][2]

Cox graduated from David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, where he competed on the wrestling team.[3] Cox is a three-time NCAA wrestling champion for the Missouri Tigers and a four-time All-American.[4] With his first national title in 2014, he became the first true freshman in the history of Missouri to win the title. After a disappointing 5th place finish in 2015, he came back strong and won the national title again in 2016. A few weeks later, he won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials at 86 kg, defeating Kyle Dake in the finals.[5].

To qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics, he needed to finish in the top three in his weight class in the 2016 World Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament 1; he placed first. At the Rio Olympics, he won the bronze medal at 86 kg., after beating Reineris Salas of Cuba, Amarhajy Mahamedau of Russia, and Alireza Karimi of Iran, while losing to Selim Yaşar of Turkey. Cox turned in another third-place performance while representing Team USA at the 2017 World Championships in Paris.[6]


  1. ^ USA Wrestling. "FLASH: J'Den Cox reaches finals and qualifies for Rio Olympic Games at World Olympic Qualifier in Mongolia". Teamusa.org. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  2. ^ "Jden Cox". Team USA. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  3. ^ "J'den Cox HS alumni". Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Palmertpalmer, Tod. "Mizzou's J'den Cox continues Olympic bid at world qualifier in Mongolia | The Kansas City Star". Kansascity.com. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  5. ^ Will Jarvis (2016-04-13). "J'Den Cox still has to compete for Summer Olympics berth | Mizzou Sports". columbiamissourian.com. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  6. ^ "Mizzou wrestler J'den Cox finishes third at World Championships".