He made waves before he stepped foot on the mat: “I want to be an undefeated, 4 time NCAA Champion.” One out of two ain’t bad. For his efforts and excellence, J'den Cox has been named the Flowrestling Freshman of the Year.
Two blemishes on a stellar Freshman campaign. He avenged the Wellington loss in dominant fashion by major decision. He had a date for revenge in the finals, but Kyven Gadson didn't make it to him.
Most Freshman who have early success don’t do it with physical domination, elite handfighting and unparalleled power, but that’s how J'den did it. He moved guys all over the mat, every match. I’ve never seen someone run guys out of bounds more consistently than J’den did. Guys simply couldn’t stand and brawl with him. The constant pursuit of points, the incredible positioning, and mat savvy are developed well beyond his 19 years.
He won a weight filled with upperclassmen and experienced brawlers. He’s not your run of the mill upper-weight. His combination of power and speed make him a nightmare matchup for years to come.
In winning this award, J’den has bested perhaps one of the most impressive Freshman classes in some time: Jason Tsirtsis, Gabe Dean and Zain Retherford all had incredible accomplishments and victories this year and in other season’s would be shoo-in candidates for Freshman of the Year. This isn’t an ordinary year, it’s J’den’s year, and there’s much more to come.