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[apos]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. [apos]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[apos]s … went 6-2 at the St. John[apos]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[apos]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[apos]s victory over co-number oneranked Penn State at the Northwestern Duals with a 5-4 win over James Moody … led the Irish men[apos]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[apos]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[apos]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[apos]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. [apos]06); Laupheim, Germany (87th of 131; Nov.); Tourcoing, France (96th of 106; Dec.); Goteborg, Sweden (56th of 133; Feb. [apos]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[apos]s epee competition at the 2005 USFA Summer Nationals (Sacramento, Calif.) … also finished in top-16 of the U-20 men[apos]s epee competition at [apos]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.
Osborne[apos]s Career Record