J’den Cox

I am a senior student-athlete at the University of Missouri studying psychology. I am also the reigning NCAA wrestling champion — my second national title. This summer I won the U.S. Olympic trials to win a spot on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team for the Rio games, and I am the 2016 World Olympic Qualifier champion.

I grew up in Columbia and think it is such a welcoming place. It’s a great place to find yourself and meet other people as well. From personal experience, it’s a great place to be raised.

My favorite event of the year would have to be the Boone County Fair. It’s fun and a good time to be with friends and family.

My favorite thing I like to share about Columbia is how you can easily interact with people, but at the same time fade out and be on your own. I really enjoy the sense of pride people carry with them being a Mizzou Tiger, and they carry it with them everywhere.

I chose Mizzou because they showed me they wanted to take care of me and care for the person I was before the wrestler I was. They really follow my philosophy that how you live your life off the mat will affect you on it. I just fit in very well here, and getting to represent not only my home state but hometown was an honor that was pretty hard to pass up.