Mizzou Wrestling Announces Five New Student-Athletes for 2013-14

4 years 2 weeks 3 days ago November 15, 2012 Nov 15, 2012 Thursday, November 15 2012 Thursday, November 15, 2012 7:12:00 PM CST in Tiger Talk
Source: Tony Randazzo

COLUMBIA -- The Mizzou wrestling program announced on Wednesday that five future student-athletes have signed their letters of intent, including the addition of J'Den Cox, the No. 3 wrestler from the 2013 class, according to FLO Wrestling. The five gentleman joining the Mizzou wrestling program for the 2013-14 season are the previously mentioned J'Den Cox, J.J. Johnson, Joseph Lavallee, B.J. Toal and Parker Von Egidy.

"Ranking wise it'll be a highly ranked recruiting class. That stuff is important but it isn't the most important," said Head Coach Brian Smith. "The thing we feel comfortable with is that these men believe in what ‘Tiger Style' is about, from the academics side to what we do off the mat and in the community. They really like that stuff and they also understand that it is a big commitment in the way we train, and the great thing is they've all already bought into our philosophy."

This years recruiting class is ranked 2nd in the nation by FLO Wrestling and 3rd by Intermat. Here's a look at the Tigers' incoming class of 2013.

J'DEN COX - Columbia, Missouri

  • Overall Record: 149-3
  • High School Coaches: J.D Coffman, Ben Smith Assistant
  • Noteworthy Accolades: Won state at 171 pounds as a freshman... Went undefeated as a sophomore at 215 pounds...2011 Fargo Asics Nationals Cadet Greco Roman Champion (215)... Took 3rd in the 2011 Fargo Asics Nationals Cadet Freestyle (215)...Went undefeated at the 2011 USAW Cadet Duals 215-pound freestyle... 2012 MSHSAA State Champion at 220 pounds with another undefeated season... 2012 USA All-Tournament Team Freestyle... 2012 USA All-Tournament Team Greco Roman... 2012 MO/USA Greco Roman 220-pound Champion... 2012 MO/USA Freestyle State 220-pound Champion... 2012 Fargo Asics Nationals 220-pound Junior Greco Roman 3rd Place... 2012 Fargo Asics nationals 220-pound Junior Freestyle Champion... 3 time Hickman High School Outstanding Wrestler


Smith said, "I've known J'Den since he was four years old. He used to sit in my office and read books when his older brothers were competing for the Columbia Youth Wrestling Club. I coached him in football in the 6th and 8th grades (‘So I made him the football player he is today,' Smith jokes). He's grown up in Columbia, and if he isn't already the best recruit in the nation, we think he should be. With him deciding to stay home with Mizzou says a lot about our program. He knows he can become a national champion here and reach his Olympic aspirations that he has set for himself. He has a bright future and is probably the highest ranked recruit we have ever brought in. His goal isn't just to be a great wrestler, but he wants to win multiple national titles and make an Olympic team and win a gold medal, and our program has what it takes to get him there."


J.J. JOHNSON - Hanahan, South Carolina

  • Overall Record: 145-7
  • High School Coaches: Ray Adkins
  • Noteworthy Accolades: Took 2nd at State in the 103 weight class as a freshman... Took 2nd again as a sophomore at 112 pounds... Was a NHSCA All-American 8th at 122 pounds...Won state at 120 pounds as a junior... NHSCA All-American 2nd at 113 pounds... Fargo Nationals JR division freestyle All-American 4th at the 105 weight class... He took 1st at the Southeast Regionals in Freestyle and Greco... As a junior was the High School Sports Report 2AA Wrestler of the Year.

Smith said, "J.J. is a talented kid that (Assistant Coach) Sammie Henson discovered at a camp a few years ago. He's placed at some national tournaments and has placed either first or second in every season in high school."

Coach Henson Take: Believes that his work ethic fits in with what Tiger Style is all about. With his attitude he will have a lot of success in his career.

JOSEPH LAVALLEE - Reno, Nevada

  • Overall Record: 152-9
  • High School Coaches: Jeff Thomac, Josh Kievi, Steve Howe, Joe Lavallee
  • Noteworthy Accolades: Three time State champion once at 125 pounds and twice at 145 pounds... 2009 Nevada State Triple Crown Champion... Reno World of Wrestling 18-under 119-pound Champion...In 2010 he was the Nevada USA Free Style and Folk Style State Champion in the 140-pound class...At the 2010 USA Cadet Nationals he took 3rd in Greco and Freestyle at 140 pounds...In 2011 he was the USA Nevada State 145-pound Freestyle and Folk style Champion... 2011 FILA Cadet 63KG Freestyle National Champion...Took 5th at both the Asics Junior Nationals Freestyle in the 140-pound class and at the Cadet World Championships 63KG in 2011...In 2012 he was the USA 152 Folk Style State Champion.

Smith said, "Joey is a top-100 recruit who has competed all over the country in many of the top tournaments in the nation. He's really committed to the sport and likes the big-timeatmosphere of Mizzou Wrestling. He is a future 149 or 157 competitior, He chose Mizzou after visiting several other top Division I programs. He's one of the best kids off of the west coast, and we're really excited about what he can bring to the table in the future."

B.J. TOAL - Sidney, Ohio

  • Overall Record: 86-9
  • High School Coach: Ty Morgan
  • Noteworthy Accolades: 2012 Ohio State Champion at 182 pounds...2012 Ohio Freestyle State Champion...2012 Super 32 Runner Up at 182 pounds...2011 Ohio State Runner Up at 170 pounds...

Smith said, "B.J. is unfortunately going to be seen as the younger brother of junior NCAA qualifier Zach Toal right now, but he is the younger brother not the little brother. He walks around at 200 pounds and has been in the state finals of Ohio the past 2 years now, and is going for his second straight state title this year in a very talent-rich state. B.J was also the runner up at the prestigious Super 32 Tournament a month ago. With Zach already on the team, we've realized how great the Toal family is in general. He'll add to an unbelievable recruiting class with top-100 recruits and outstanding upperweights. As a senior in high school, B.J. already looks like a college wrestler. He's physical and gets after it, and we can't wait to get him in the room and watch him add to our history ofupperweights."

PARKER VON EGIDY - Marshville, North Carolina

  • Overall Record: 169-15
  • High School Coaches: Head Coach Todd Stokes, Jamie Belk, John Collins, Jim Swayney
  • Noteworthy Accolades: Took 6th at NC States as freshman...Two-time North Carolina State Champion... 2nd at Fargo Cadet Freestyle at 170 pounds in 2011... 6th at Super 32 at 170 pounds in 2011... 7th at FLONationals at 170-pound weight class in 2012... 6th at Super 32 at 170 pounds in 2012.

Smith said, "He continues to the already successful pipeline we have with North Carolina. With Tony DeAngelo and Boomer Boyd already in the room from the Tar Heel state, he's another one of our top-100 recruits coming in. The thing my coaches like most about Parker is his work ethic. He loves to train hard and get after it. When he came on his visit, the thing he was most excited about was the way our guys were working at practice. All he talked about was getting in here and training with these guys in this atmosphere. That's the kind of kid we want. He was like a kid on Christmas morning, and he wants to be a part of the commitment we have here."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Women's Symphony League kicked off the annual Holiday Home Tour, which is its biggest fundraiser of the... More >>
1 hour ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 4:12:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The Jefferson City Fire Department responded to reports of smoke coming from a building in the 200 block... More >>
1 hour ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 3:57:00 AM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Following the election of Donald Trump, some students gathered for what they called a "positivity event". KOMU sent... More >>
10 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 7:05:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are proposing bills that would make attacking a law enforcement officer a hate crime.... More >>
12 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 4:51:13 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing bills that would make Missouri a right-to-work state. The Springfield News-Leader... More >>
12 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 4:46:41 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former Kansas City, Missouri, man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his... More >>
13 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 4:23:47 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Nixon and his wife Georganne kicked off the holiday season in the state's capital with Friday's... More >>
14 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:36:00 PM CST in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A Missouri man who spent eight years behind bars for murder has been acquitted in a... More >>
14 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:26:56 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities said fireworks that were mistaken for gunshots led to a standoff near Rockhurst University. ... More >>
14 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:09:14 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former general manager of a suburban St. Louis car dealership is accused of defrauding the... More >>
14 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:05:38 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The incoming president of the University of Missouri System and officials attending a welcoming ceremony in... More >>
14 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:00:15 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A $2,000 donation will help protect South Callaway residents from potentially deadly house fires. Safeco Insurance's Protecting... More >>
14 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:52:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Fulton woman has pleaded guilty to money-laundering related to distributing synthetic cannabinoids, or K2, at businesses... More >>
14 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:45:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Housing Authority announced today the plan to renovate 90 units in the coming years. The... More >>
15 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:15:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities said a Kansas City man who stole a firearm from a homicide victim has been... More >>
15 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:01:43 PM CST in News
PARKVILLE (AP) - A campaign is underway to restore holiday decorations that were removed from trees along a suburban Kansas... More >>
15 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 1:56:25 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A suburban St. Louis school system has shed an unaccredited label that had forced it to... More >>
15 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 1:49:07 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - On Friday, police identified one of the suspects in the October 31 homicide on Michigan Street. ... More >>
17 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 11:45:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 31°
6am 31°
7am 31°
8am 32°
9am 36°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30a
On the Money
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today Weekend
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
Paid Program
6:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
It's a Wonderful Life
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld