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I'd say he did himself a solid.  How do you not love this man?  If I were a movie casting agent, I would be talking to him.  The thing that meant the most to me, was how he surrounded himself with people that just totally believe in him.  I give this a 10 out of 10.

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Go getem man!  I am so freaking proud of how you have handled yourself on and off the mat!  We have gentlemen on this World Team that are among my favorite people I have ever followed in sports.  You spoke to my soul as a wrestler and as a coach, but mostly as a human being. Whoever told you to just be yourself, was a genius.   I wish you nothing but the best of luck now and in the future...US of freaking A!!!!!  Go boys, lite this place up!  I know you guys are going to shock a lot of people, but not me. 

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Cox is an original. A bad-ass on the mat and a poet off the mat! 

 

One thing I feel bad about is that he feels attacked on forums. I feel there's been so much love for the guy on these boards and I wonder if he's seen it. And compared to some of the really nasty comments I've seen about others - Gilman, Metcalf, Ramos - he's done quite well. It's not a mystery why. He's incredibly likable, genuine and talented. 

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Cox doesn't get the love he deserves on the forums. American fans have a tendency to mostly appreciate winners who score score score score. It's ingrained into our mentality. We don't appreciate strategy and tactics, gamesmanship, as much. Cox has a lot of upside still, in my opinion. He got an Olympic medal on athleticism and instinct. If he ever goes all in on freestyle, he could be one of our all-time greats when he's done. My issue with him as a long-term prospect has always been his commitment level. He has all the physical and mental tools to be at the top for a long time.

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There's plenty of love for him here. There's just a ton more PSU fans loving Taylor and critical of anyone in Taylor's way.

 

Big David Taylor fan here as he's my favorite wrestler...

 

With that said, anyone who is critical of J'Den Cox is an idiot. The dude is all class and while I was rooting for Taylor, I'm more than thrilled that Cox is currently the man.

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Big David Taylor fan here as he's my favorite wrestler...

 

With that said, anyone who is critical of J'Den Cox is an idiot. The dude is all class and while I was rooting for Taylor, I'm more than thrilled that Cox is currently the man.

I should clarify that I meant there is a larger pool of Taylor fans online and therefore more likely that there would be more critical comments bugging Cox.

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I should clarify that I meant there is a larger pool of Taylor fans online and therefore more likely that there would be more critical comments bugging Cox.

100% agree

 

Its one thing to be rooting for your favorite teams/wrestlers... its another to allow that bias to be critical of quality opposition like Cox.

So I repeat, ANYONE who is critical of Cox, is an idiot in my opinion.

 

The guy is pure class and talent. I've never seen him once act like a poor sport, be whiny to the refs, or use dirty tactics in matches.

Hope he brings home a world title.

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Could you please elaborate on this statement.

Maybe it came off differently than I intended. What I mean: I have not gone out of my way to call him the best freestyle prospect I've seen since JB himself because it was not clear to me whether he was going to commit himself to freestyle for the next several years. Honestly, it's still a bit unclear. He has a lot going for him beyond wrestling and I could see him pursuing a different path in life, leaving unrealized wrestling potential behind.

 

There are guys who are clearly wrestling "lifers", e.g. Dake, DT, probably Retherford, etc. Then there's Cox, who in my opinion has even more upside than any of them if he were to dedicate himself 100% for another Olympic cycle but as of a few months ago was still seriously considering football.

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Maybe it came off differently than I intended. What I mean: I have not gone out of my way to call him the best freestyle prospect I've seen since JB himself because it was not clear to me whether he was going to commit himself to freestyle for the next several years. Honestly, it's still a bit unclear. He has a lot going for him beyond wrestling and I could see him pursuing a different path in life, leaving unrealized wrestling potential behind.

 

There are guys who are clearly wrestling "lifers", e.g. Dake, DT, probably Retherford, etc. Then there's Cox, who in my opinion has even more upside than any of them if he were to dedicate himself 100% for another Olympic cycle but as of a few months ago was still seriously considering football.

 

I can see what you're saying. Cox is a talented, handsome, well spoken, and charming fellow. I could ABSOLUTELY see him being a sports analyst for ESPN or a multitude of industries.

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Because other guys have better resumes

Cox is unseeded based on the seeding criteria, which includes placements in tournaments that Cox didn't attend.  Ultimately, that's all that matters.  

 

However, I would argue that Cox has a way better resume than three of four guys seeded ahead of him. Collectively he's 4-1 against the top 4 (lost on criteria to 1-seed Yasar at the Olympics) and finished higher in every tournament he attended with the 2, 3, and 4 seeds.  He has two wins over 2-seed Karimi (who won't be there) and beat both Ceballos and Baranowski handily at the Olympic qualifier in Mongolia. 

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Maybe it came off differently than I intended. What I mean: I have not gone out of my way to call him the best freestyle prospect I've seen since JB himself because it was not clear to me whether he was going to commit himself to freestyle for the next several years. Honestly, it's still a bit unclear. He has a lot going for him beyond wrestling and I could see him pursuing a different path in life, leaving unrealized wrestling potential behind.

 

There are guys who are clearly wrestling "lifers", e.g. Dake, DT, probably Retherford, etc. Then there's Cox, who in my opinion has even more upside than any of them if he were to dedicate himself 100% for another Olympic cycle but as of a few months ago was still seriously considering football.

I think you are making a very good point. Cox flirted with football, writes poetry and must and speaks about wrestling in a more laid back, almost philosophical tone. He said in the interview that it would have been a great experience even if the match had swung DT's way. This is unusual for a wrestler and at the very least creates the impression that he could simply move onto something else. Put differently, his motivation for wrestling (the why of it all) and his other interests conspire to make him seem like he might not stick around. 

 

That being said, this could also very well just be the way he comes off as opposed to being very useful in predicting how long he will stick around in the sport. 

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100% agree

 

Its one thing to be rooting for your favorite teams/wrestlers... its another to allow that bias to be critical of quality opposition like Cox.

So I repeat, ANYONE who is critical of Cox, is an idiot in my opinion.

 

The guy is pure class and talent. I've never seen him once act like a poor sport, be whiny to the refs, or use dirty tactics in matches.

Hope he brings home a world title.

Im a huge fan of J'den but he did have that one breakdown against Wellington. I think he learned and is obviously past it, but it did happen.

 

I hope he continues wrestling. He's an incredible talent and one hell of a competitor.

 

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Im a huge fan of J'den but he did have that one breakdown against Wellington. I think he learned and is obviously past it, but it did happen.

I hope he continues wrestling. He's an incredible talent and one hell of a competitor.

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No one's perfect and everyone has emotional flare ups.

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No one's perfect and everyone has emotional flare ups.

Very few wrestlers throw their opponents off the mat and onto hardwood surfaces. It's actually very rare and incredibly unsportsmanlike.

 

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Very few wrestlers throw their opponents off the mat and onto hardwood surfaces. It's actually very rare and incredibly unsportsmanlike.

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Just goes to show hes human and can make a mistake. No ones perfect and everyone has emotional flare ups.

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Just goes to show hes human and can make a mistake. No ones perfect and everyone has emotional flare ups.

You stated that you never saw him act like a poor sport or use dirty tactics.

 

Are you going to rationalize that statement?

 

J'den clearly acted like a poor sport and did use dirty tactics, ie. illegal slam. He was correctly disqualified.

 

He did move on and I don't expect any future problems. He's a great guy. One of my all time favorites.

 

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