J'den Cox Accepts Final X - Rutgers Berth

2018 World champion J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) has officially accepted his berth in Final X. He will battle for the spot at 92 kg/202.5 lbs. on the 2019 U.S. World Team in men’s freestyle at Final X: Rutgers on Saturday, June 8

The event will be hosted at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. Exclusive live and on-demand coverage will be provided on FloWrestling, as well as on the FloSports apps on iOS, Roku and Apple TV 4.


Cox won a gold medal at 92 kg at the 2018 World Championships. It was his first year at this new weight class. He has won a medal at either the World Championships or the Olympic Games for the past three years, winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a World bronze medal in 2017 in Paris, France. Cox was also a 2018 U.S. Open champion. He won three NCAA titles for Missouri and was a four-time All-American for the Tigers. Cox also won four Missouri state high school titles.

To order tickets, go to the tickets tab on the official Final X website at: www.FinalX.tv

The Final X series will determine the 2019 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three Olympic disciplines, and is held in two different locations and dates in June. 

The Team Selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams allow for 2018 Senior World medalists to advance directly to Final X at the weight class where he/she won a medal in 2018. 2018 World medalists must declare, in writing, their intent to accept the automatic berth into by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1. Cox has met this requirement and accepted his qualification. 

In Final X, the top two wrestlers in each World Championships weight class will compete in a best-of-three series, with winners earning spots on the U.S. Senior World Team to compete at the 2019 Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, September 14-22, 2019

There are two sessions in each Final X event. The series at 92 kg, featuring Cox, has not yet been assigned a session time.

The Final X opponent for Cox will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., May 16-19.


The weight classes assigned to the Final X: Rutgers are:

  • Men’s Freestyle: 65 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg

  • Women’s Freestyle: 50 kg, 57 kg, 65 kg, 68 kg, 72 kg

  • Greco-Roman: 55 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 82 kg, 87 kg

Ticket prices for Final X are:

  • VIP Floor - $100 

  • Reserved seating (100 level) - $65 

  • General Admission (200 – 300 level) - $40

  • Group (GA only) – Buy 10 or more tickets and get $40 off

In addition to Final X: Rutgers, the series also includes Final X: Lincoln on June 15 at the Bob Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Final X is an exciting partnership between USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, and FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content.


At the RAC in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, June 8

Qualifiers To Date

Men’s FS 92 kg – J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament


Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.     Club: Titan Mercury WC

College: Missouri                High School: Columbia, Mo. (Hickman)

Born: March 3, 1995             Height: 6-0

  • 2018 World champion

  • 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist

  • 2017 World bronze medalist

  • 2016 World Olympic Games Qualifier champion (Mongolia)

  • 2018 U.S. Open champion

  • 2016 Grand Prix of Germany bronze medalist 

  • Three-time NCAA champion for Missouri (2014, 2016-17)

  • Four-time NCAA All-American

  • Four-time Mid-American Conference champion (2014-17)

  • Four-time Missouri state high school champion

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