The Cliff Keen Wrestling Club has announced that J’den Cox is planning to move to Ann Arbor, Mich., To train full-time at its regional training facility. Cox, a two-time world champion and Olympic and world bronze medalist, previously trained full time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. However, Cox’s personal trainer Kevin Jackson was recently added to the staff at the University of Michigan, which played a major role in Cox’s decision to move out.
In addition to the relationship with Coach Jackson, Cox’s potential training partner likely played a role in his decision. Myles Amine, Alex Dieringer, Patrick Brucki, Mason Parris and Derek White all currently train full time in Ann Arbor and will be great partners for Cox.
Read the full Cliff Keen Wrestling Club press release below:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Cliff Keen Wrestling Club have added two-time world champion J’Den Cox to their senior freestyle roster, the club announced on Monday (January 10th). Cox has won five Olympic and world medals in total since 2016.
“Everyone is looking forward to J’Den’s full-time arrival in Ann Arbor,” said Michigan head coach Sean Bormet. “His work ethic and accomplishments speak for themselves, and he’s thirsty to be the best in the world again this cycle. In addition to all of his international accolades, J’Den is also a three-time NCAA champion and will be able to get along exceptionally well with his college training partners. It is the overall balance of the RTC that continues to elevate the struggle in the United States and Michigan.
“Thanks to all of our supporters, we are building one of the best wrestling environments on the planet here in Michigan. J’Den already has a close and long-standing relationship with Coach. [Kevin] Jackson and the rest of our coaching staff are excited to start working with him.
Cox won two consecutive world titles at 92 kg in 2018 and 2019. He beat Belarusian Ivan Yankouski, 4-1, in his gold medal match in 2018, then in 2019 he did not sacrifice any point in four matches at the world championships, eventually beating Iranian Alireza Karimi, 4-0, for gold. He was named the 2019 John Smith Award winner as USA Wrestling Freestyle Wrestler of the Year.
Cox won Olympic bronze at 86kg in 2016 while still in college and followed up with world bronze at the same weight in 2017 before moving up to 92kg. Most recently, Cox won bronze in the 92kg at the 2021 world championships last October.
Cox won three NCAA titles during his Missouri career (2014-17), gaining 197 pounds in freshman, junior and senior. He has been a four-time NCAA All-American, taking fifth place at 197 pounds in sophomore (2015). He finished second in the Hodge Trophy vote after his senior season.
He’s compiled a 136-5 record in college, including a near-perfect 61-1 score in his last two seasons, and earned bonus points in nearly 60% of his wins. He has been a four-time MAC champion and a three-time MAC wrestler of the year. He was named Mizzou’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and in 2020 the Tigers named Cox their Male Athlete of the Decade.
Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Cox will be moving to Ann Arbor this month.