John Culpepper


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Bentonville, Ark.
  • Last School Haas Hall Academy

Ohio State Career

  • Three-time All-MFC selection (First Team 2018; Second Team 2019, 2020)
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection

Senior Season (2019-20)

  • Sixth-place finish at MFC Championships
  • Earned Second Team All-MFC honors
  • Placed 13th at Penn State Open
  • Finished third at OSU Open
  • 24-12 in the regular season
  • Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Junior Season (2018-19)

  • Notched a sixth-place finish at MFC Championships
  • Second Place All-MFC honoree
  • Placed third at Penn State Open
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors

Sophomore Season (2017-2018)

  • Tied for third at Midwestern Championships
  • First Team All-MFC
  • Competed in the OSU Open
  • Finished 10-2 at OSU Duals
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection

Freshman Season (2016-2017)

  • Finished 10th at MFC Championships
  • Tied for ninth at OSU Open
  • Helped men’s epee unit to a 62-10 record at OSU Duals
  • Placed Top 8 at Junior Olympics

Prior to Ohio State

  • Fenced with the Northwest Arkansas Fencing Center
  • Placed in the top-32 at the 2016 Junior Olympics
  • Came in third place at Y-14 Nationals in 2012.


  • Son of Bethany and Lee Culpepper
  • Has one sibling, Will
  • Earned bachelor’s degree in Spring 2020 with a double major in political science and economics
  • Participated in cross country and track at Haas Hall Academy
  • Enjoys playing piano, climbing, and reading in his free time
  • Greatest sports thrill was getting first place for the first time at a tournament