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Missouri’s J’den Cox honored as Mid-American Conference wrestler of the week

Missouri junior 197-pounder J’den Cox became the fastest wrestler in program history to reach 100 wins.

His 16-7 major decision Sunday against No. 10 Aaron Studebaker in the Tigers’ 19-14 victory against Nebraska in the National Duals Championship Series in Lincoln, Neb., moved Cox to 100-5 in three seasons.

It also earned Cox, who is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA coaches’ panel rankings, the Mid-American Conference wrestler of the week award, which was announced Wednesday.

Cox was previously selected as the MAC wrestler of the week Dec. 4, 2014, and Jan. 7, 2015.

He is the third Missouri wrestler to receive the honor this season, joining junior 133-pounder Zach Synon (Dec. 16) and junior 141-pounder Matt Manley (Feb. 3).

Cox — who is 25-1 this season, including a current 12-match win streak — is the 24th wrestler in Tigers history with 100 wins and his .952 winning percentage currently edges out two-time NCAA champion Ben Askren — .950, 153-8 — for the best in program history among that group.

Missouri and Cox return to action March 5-6 in search of a fourth consecutive MAC championship (and fifth in a row overall, including the 2012 Big 12 title) at Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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