Original release by USA Wrestling, Gary Abbott:
Cox accepts the spot for the Final X and will compete for the U.S. World Team spot in Stillwater, Okla. June 3
Two-time world champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox (Ann Arbor, Mich./Titan Mercury WC/Cliff Keen WC) has officially accepted his spot in the men’s 92kg freestyle for Final X.
He will fight for a spot on the 2022 U.S. World Team at Final X Stillwater, presented by Tezos, on Friday, June 3 at Gallagher-Iba Arena on the Oklahoma State University campus.
Cox won world freestyle gold medals at 92kg in 2018 in Budapest, Hungary and 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. He won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 86 kg. Cox also won two world bronze medals, one in 2017 at 86kg and the other in 2021 at 92kg. He was the 2019 Pan American Championships champion and won the 2018 US Open title. Cox was a three-time NCAA champion and a four-time All-American for the University of Missouri. A native of Columbia, Mo., Cox won four Missouri state titles for Hickman High School.
Tickets to Final X Stillwater, presented by Tezos
The Final X Series will determine the 2022 US Senior World Teams in Men’s Freestyle, Women’s Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling that will compete in Belgrade, Serbia, September 10-18.
Team selection procedures for US World Teams in each style allow 2021 Senior World Medalists and 2020 Olympic Medalists to advance directly to Final X in a specified weight class. Cox met this requirement and accepted his qualification.
There are 15 weight classes contested in Final X Stillwater, five in men’s freestyle, five in women’s freestyle and five in Greco-Roman. The weight categories assigned to the Final X Stillwater are:
• Men’s freestyle wrestling: 57 kg, 61 kg, 70 kg, 92 kg, 97 kg
• Freestyle women: 55 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg
• Greco-Roman: 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg, 130 kg
Cox’s Final X opponent will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge tournament, taking place in Coralville, Iowa, May 20-22.
Final X Stillwater will be held alongside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Honors Weekend, which takes place at the Hall of Fame premises next door, June 3-4.
In addition to Final X Stillwater, Final X New York (which serves as the annual Beat the Streets benefit this year), will be held at the Hulu Theater in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, June 8. There will be 15 other weight classes contested in New York.
FloWrestling to Serve as Host Broadcast Partner for Final X Stillwater, Presented by Tezos, and Final X New York, Presented by Tezos
FINAL X STILLWATER, presented by Tezos
At Oklahoma State University’s Gallagher-Iba Arena on Friday, June 3
Qualified declared to date
- Men’s Freestyle 92kg – J’den Cox (Ann Arbor, Mich./Titan Mercury WC/Cliff Keen WC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Winner
- Men’s Freestyle 57kg – Thomas Gilman (State College, PA/Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner
- Women’s Freestyle 65kg – Forrest Molinari (Tempe, Arizona/Sunkist Kids) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Winner
- Women’s Freestyle 55kg – Jenna Burkert (Colorado Springs, Colo./US Army WCAP) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner
- Women’s Freestyle 68kg – Tamyra Mensah Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/USOPTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Winner
- Men’s Freestyle 97kg – Kyle Snyder (State College, PA/Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Winner
- Men’s Freestyle 61kg – Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC) vs. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Winner
Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Club: Titan Mercury WC
College: University of Missouri
Regional Training Center: Olympic Training Center – Colorado Springs
High School: Columbia, Missouri (Hickman)
Born: March 3, 1995
• Double world champion (2018, 2019)
• bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics
• Double bronze medalist at the World Championships (2017, 2021)
• Champion of the 2019 Pan American Championships
• World Olympic Qualification Champion 2016
• 2018 US Open Champion
• Champion Yasar Dogu 2019 (Turkey)
• Three-time NCAA champion for Missouri (2014, 2016-17)
• Four-time NCAA All-American
• Four-time Missouri State High School Champion