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TOP 10 SPORTS MOMENTS OF 2013: No. 4 J'den becomes Columbia's first four-time wrestling champion

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Missouri's J'den Cox grapples with Ohio's Phil Wellington in the 197-pound match during the Clash of the Cats wrestling dual meet at Jesse Auditorium on Dec. 6. Cox finished his senior year at Hickman with a 56-0 record.

COLUMBIA — It took J'den Cox 2 minutes and 32 seconds in February to officially step into Columbia high school sporting lore.

It took him that amount of time to pin his Class 4 heavyweight opponent in the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena, to finish his senior year at Hickman with a 56-0 record, and to finalize his career mark at 205-3.

And at the end, Cox became the city's first four-time state wrestling champion. Only 21 others from Missouri have ever done so.

To make the feat even more impressive, each of Cox's titles came in different weight divisions.

Cox didn't lose a single match after his freshman campaign.

He's currently redshirting as a freshman at Missouri after passing on an offer to train in the Olympic Development Program for a full year following his high school graduation.

Along with his unprecedented success on the mat, Cox served as a two-way starter and all-state linebacker for a Kewpies football team that went 9-2 in his senior year.


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