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.