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Cox wins national title, Houdashelt finishes with All-American honors

Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 7:59 p.m. CDT; updated 10:56 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 22, 2014

Missouri's J'den Cox became the first freshman in school history to win an individual NCAA title after defeating Ohio State's Nick Heflin — the No. 1 seed — 2-1 Saturday.

Cox, the No. 2 seed at 197 pounds, won thanks to an escape in the second period and a stalling time penalty against Heflin in the final minute of the match.

"This is a dream of mine," Cox said afterward during a press conference at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. "It's something I put all of my heart and work to and I always tell people there's no point — I see it this way: There's no point to do something if you're not going to push yourself to try to do it to the best of your ability.

Missouri junior captain Drake Houdashelt took fifth place at 149 pounds in the NCAA National Championships, giving him All-American status in consecutive years.

Houdashelt won a 3-0 decision over Lehigh's Mitchell Minotti on Saturday morning. A takedown and a quick escape were all Houdashelt would need. He finishes the season with a 38-3 record.

With only three losses in 41 matches, Houdashelt finishes his junior year with a .927 winning percentage, ranking him seventh all-time for winning percentage in a single season. He's the 15th multi-All-American winner out of Missouri's 36 All-Americans.

Houdashelt finished 2014 with 97 career wins, just three shy from joining Missouri's elite 100-win club.


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