Neosho Wrestling and the larger Neosho community are mourning the death of recent Neosho High graduate Jason Box, a standout on three straight Class 3 state championship teams (2013-15) who signed with JUCO powerhouse Northeastern Oklahoma A&M out of high school to continue his academic and athletic career.

Neosho Wrestling and the larger Neosho community are mourning the death of recent Neosho High graduate Jason Box, a standout on three straight Class 3 state championship teams (2013-15) who signed with JUCO powerhouse Northeastern Oklahoma A&M out of high school to continue his academic and athletic career.
Box passed away in a car accident earlier this week.
In a wrestling program release, head coach Jeremy Phillips addressed the Neosho wrestling family and said that many people — including Staley, Webb City, and Carthage head coaches and programs — have reached out during this difficult time.
Dawn Endicott, one of the wrestling moms, has set up a meal train on Facebook for the Smith/Box family.
Box’s service will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Neosho — his family has requested a private burial — and there’s a celebration of Box’s life planned for circa 5:30-6 p.m. today at the Neosho United Methodist Christian Life Center.
Tanya Williams will be coordinating a photo board for the dinner and food wise, all guests have been asked to bring a side dish, dessert, or drinks. Neosho High and Neosho Youth wrestling are providing meat and buns. A large crowd is expected.
Phillips touched on what Box meant to him and the wrestling program.
“Jason Box was an amazing young man that I was blessed to coach and get to know over the course of several years,” Phillips said. “The transformation Jason made over time and with much training was truly amazing. He went from a very shy, timid, and reserved boy to a confident, prideful, and determined warrior.
“The memories we share are ones I will forever cherish and keep in a special place in my heart. The one moment that sticks out the most to me was when I put his medal around his neck his senior year and he told me that he loved me. That alone I could say made my time as an educator and coach worth it.
“You see Jason wasn't a touchy, feely kid that ever showed a lot, if any, emotion so when he shared that I knew it was sincere and genuine and I had accomplished what I had set out to do and it was so much more than helping him get that medal around his neck. I knew I was able to have a positive influence and impact on his life. He did the same for me.
“You see as I was working to inspire and always be there for him, he inspired me and was always there for me just the same. What pride I took in the man he had become and despite the trials and challenges of life he never gave up and he battled back with the character of a champion and that is how I'll forever remember Jason Box.”