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Cox claims gold medal at World Championships

Cox claims gold medal at World Championships

October 23rd, 2018 by News Tribune in Mizzou Sports

J'Den Cox of the U.S. celebrates with an American flag after his win Monday against Ivan Yankouski of Belarus in the men's freestyle 92kg final of the Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Photo by Associated Press /Fulton Sun.

BUDAPEST — J'den Cox had a pair of bronze medals on the world stage.

Now he's got a gold.

Cox, the former Hickman Kewpie and Missouri Tiger, claimed the title in the 92 kilograms weight division Monday at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships with a 4-1 decision against Ivan Yankouski of Belarus. He led 1-0 after the first period and 2-0 after two. Cox allowed a point in the third period before scoring a late takedown to capture the title.

He advanced to the final with a 5-2 victory against Alireza Karimimachiani of Iran in the semifinals. Earlier in the tournament, Cox had a 6-2 victory against Dato Marsagishvill of Georgia and a 6-0 win against Nicolai Ceban of Moldova.

It was the third gold medal and sixth overall medal for the United States at the championships.

Cox, a three-time NCAA champion in his time at Missouri, earned bronze medals in the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships.