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    J'den Cox to join NJRTC

    Two-time World Champion J'den Cox (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    The New Jersey Regional Training Center (NJRTC) announced the addition of two-time world champion J'den Cox as a part-time resident athlete. Cox will continue to split his time training between New Jersey and the Olympic/Paralympic Training Center. Previously Cox was supposed to have a similar training arrangement with Ohio State's Ohio RTC; however, due to the pandemic, Cox did not travel away from Colorado Springs often for training.

    Cox has won the last two world championships at 92 kg, but had to go up to 97 kg (or drop to 86 kg) during the Olympic year. Confusion between J'den's camp at the Olympic Trials saw him weigh-in after the allotted time and he was not allowed to compete at the Trials. The fallout from the Trials saga saw Cox state that he would go 92 kg for the World Team Trials in 2021 and 97 kg in the future (If Kyle Snyder wins an Olympic medal, he has dibs on the 97 kg world team spot).

    The NJRTC will be even deeper at its upperweights as Nate Jackson has recently established himself as one of the top contenders at this weight domestically. Jackson won Senior Nationals at 92kg and outscored his competition 28-1 along the way.

    Other news related to the NJRTC is that they have split from Rutgers' Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club. Previously both schools were under the NJRTC name.

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