Men and Women's Fencing competes in the Conference Championship on March 5th.
Epeeist who did not begin fencing until the age of 15 but began his college career listed ninth on the USFA rankings for Under-20 men's epeeists ... employs a German style of fencing, due to his training under 1986 U.S. Olympian Jim Carpenter (who lived in Germany for several years) ... an offensive-oriented epeeist who relies on blade speed and strong parries ... has a short attack but able to quickly close distance ... fenced at Junior World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia (127th out of 159; Oct. '07).
AS A JUNIOR: Completed the season with a 32-14 regular season record and a 22nd-place finish at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championship ... started the season at the NYU Invitational going undefeated against Yale ... continued the tournament posting a 5-1 victory in his solo bout vs. Stevens Tech and a single bout victory against St. John's ... went 6-2 at the St. John's Challenge, clinching a victory over Harvard, posting a 2-0 record over Penn State and notching two victories against Columbia ... recorded two victorious bouts over Detroit, San Diego, and Johns Hopkins at the Northwestern Duals to help the Irish post epee wins against each of those squads ... went 11-0 at the Notre Dame Duals, tallying single epee wins versus Lawrence, Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois, Chicago, Cleveland State and Detroit ... posted three bout victories over Purdue during the tournament ... clinched a victory against Purdue's Jeremy Kane for the Irish epee win over the Boilermakers ... defeated David Sirkin of Indiana (15-13) to move on to the round of 32 at the Midwest Fencing Championships, before falling to Slava Zingerman of Wayne State (15-10).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the year with a 36-17 regular season record ... opened his season with an 8-7 record at the NYU Invitational ... went 8-2 at the Northwestern Duals, including going undefeated against Wayne State (3-0) and Johns Hopkins (2-0) ... clinched Notre Dame's victory over co-number one
ranked Penn State at the Northwestern Duals with a 5-4 win over James Moody ... led the Irish men's epee team with a 20-8 record at the Notre Dame Duals ... went 3-0 against both Northwestern and Michigan State at the Notre Dame Duals ... made a run to the semifinals of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships to earn first-team all-conference honors ... entered the direct elimination portion of the conference championships tied for the tenth seed, which gave him a bye in the round of 128 ... in the round of 64, downed Brian Flick of Xavier, 15-4, before taking out Northwestern's Michael Nussbaum, 15-6, in the round of 32 ... knocked out Irish teammate Conor Gettings, 15-9, in the round of 16 before upsetting top-seeded Jason Pryor of rival Ohio State, 15-12, to advance to the semifinals ... lost to Ohio State's Igor Tolkachev, 15-12, in the semis ... finished 10th at the NCAA Midwest Regionals.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not compete in NCAA play for the Irish ... competed in a Junior World Cup event in Budapest on Jan. 1, 2008 ... finished 124th of 208 competitors.
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended three years at Faith Christian School before opting to be home-schooled in 2006-07 (he was only one class shy of the graduation requirements) ...
the home-schooling schedule allowed him more flexibility in his training and competition during 2006-07 ... was able to compete in various 2006-07 World Cup events throughout Europe, in addition to training in Switzerland at the home club of Max Heinzer (the world's #1-ranked junior-level epeeist) and Marcel Fischer (2004 Olympic gold medalist in epee) ... also spent time during 2006-07 training at the New York Athletic Club and the Olympic Training Center (in Colorado Springs) ... competed in five different countries in five-month span, including Junior World Cups in: Bratislava, Slovakia (73rd of 171; Oct. '06); Laupheim, Germany (87th of 131; Nov.); Tourcoing, France (96th of 106; Dec.); Goteborg, Sweden (56th of 133; Feb. '07); and Bale, Switzerland (79th of 147; Feb.) ... won the 2006 Junior Pan-Am Games (in San Antonio) while finishing as runner-up at the 2006 Junior Olympics (in Hartford, Conn.) and placing fifth at 2007 Summer Nationals (Miami) ... combined with his coach Carpenter (who fenced in the event) and Shackleford to finish second in the overall men's epee competition at the 2005 USFA Summer Nationals (Sacramento, Calif.) ... also finished in top-16 of the U-20 men's epee competition at '05 Summer Nationals ... placed 45th at 2006 Cadet World Cup in Montreal (Jan.), matching his finish the previous year in Budapest CWC ... second at 2005 Longhorn State Open ... played several years of roller hockey as a right wing prior to taking up fencing ... helped win five straight hockey league titles (1999-2003) ... played as a 13- and 14-year old on 18-and under hockey teams ... also an excellent swimmer, certified life guard, scuba diver and avid wake-boarder ... born March 27, 1989, in Dallas, Texas ... son of Kerry and Jill Osborne ... full name is Jacob Mikhail Osborne ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a psychology major.