Joshua Black
Joshua  Black


Richmond, Va.

High School:


Niehaus and Tublin 2017 Big Ten Sportsmanship Honorees

Athletes distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior


Ohio State Takes Down UTEP and Nevada in Conference Opener

Buckeyes fire highest score of the season en-route to a pair of victories


Buckeyes Open Season With Solid Showing At Ole Miss

Ohio State finishes third overall in the event

Personal Bests:

  • Air Rifle: 597
  • Smallbore: 585
  • Aggregate: 1178


2017-18 (Senior)

  • Received the honor of being elected senior captain
  • Shot in 15/16 events during the season and was seected as 1/5 counters for the NCAA Championship
  • Held season averages of  
    • 576 in smallbore
    • 590.2 in air rifle
    • 1166 aggregate
  • CRCA Scholastic All-American
  • Shot a solid air rifle score of 584 for the counting team at West Virginia
  • Posted a new career-best and a current season-best air rifle of 594, besting his previous high by two points at Alaska
  • Shot a personal season-high 1170 aggregate against UTEP
  • Fired a personal season-best individual aggregate score of 1174 against Alaska
  • Posted a solid score for a personal season-best in smallbore of 580
  • Shot a solid individual aggregate score of 1170 against UTEP
  • Fired a second solid score to tie his personal season-best in smallbore of 580 at Air Force
  • Shot all around team highs on the day against Ole Miss and Nebraska with a 583 in smallbore, a 595 in air rifle and an individual aggregate of 1178, which also was a career best individual aggregate for him
  • Set a team high air rifle score of 596 against TCU and Coast Guard
  • Set a team best and career best of 597 in air rifle at the NCAA Qualifier
  • Fired a team high individual aggregate of an 1168 at the NCAA Qualifier
  • Shot as a member of the counting team at the NCAA Championships to help the team aearn a 7th overall spot in the nation, shooting a 581 in smallbore

2016-17 (Junior)

  • CRCA Scholastic All-American
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
  • Academic All-Big Ten and an OSU Scholar-Athlete
  • Shot in every event leading into the NCAA Championship and finished the year with a career-best 1162 season aggregate
  • Enjoyed his best season average wise with a smallbore average of 574.7 and an air rifle average of 587.7
  • Had a career-best day on day one at Alaska, firing season-highs of 583 in smallbore and 592 in Air Rifle for a career-high 1175 aggregate, besting his previous career-best by six points
  • Followed day one Alaska performance with a pair of 1168s on day two at Alaska and at home against West Virginia
  • Posted a 582 in smallbore at Alaska and then tied his career-best with a 583 vs. WVU
  • Tied his career air rifle high with a 591 at home as part of the Buckeye Open
  • Shot a 591 in air rifle at Air Force and finished with an 1166 aggregate
  • Shot above 586 in each of his final five competitions in the air rifle, culminating with a 590 at the NCAA Qualifier
  • Coupled a 589 in air rifle with a 579 in smallbore for an 1165 aggregate at TCU
  • Posted an aggregate of 1165 or higher eight times throughout the season

2015-16 (Sophomore)

  • CRCA Scholastic All-American
  • Academic All-Big Ten and an OSU Scholar-Athlete
  • Competed in 14 events and finished with an 1156 aggregate average
  • Had career-best averages of 571.1 in the smallbore and 585.4 in the air rifle
  • Posted his second best smallbore score of the year with a 582 at Air Force. That led to his second-best aggregate score of 1166
  • Fired his best smallbore score of 585 on the opening weekend of the Buckeye Classic. Combined with his 584 in the air rifle, he notched his best aggregate of 1169
  • Helped the team post one of its three NCAA 3 score averages at West Virginia with a 589 in air rifle and 572 in small bore
  • Posted another 589 in air rifle at TCU
  • Notched his best air rifle score of the year with a 590 at the NCAA Qualifier and finished with an 1161 aggregate

2014-15 (Freshman)

  • Shot in every event for the Buckeyes in his first season
  • Made his collegiate debut with a solid showing at Ole Miss, posting his second-best smallbore result of the year at 573 to go along with a 581 in air rifle
  • Led the team in air rifle on the first day at UTEP with a 590 and had a solid 1,158 aggregate …
  • Wasn’t one of the counting scorers for the first time against Akron but still shot an 1,153 with a 587 in air rifle
  • Was back in the lineup against Air Force and notched his second-best overall performance of the year with an 1,159, including 571 in smallbore and 588 in air rifle
  • Posted a season-best and team-high 591 in the air rifle against Alaska
  • Followed that with a season-best 1,162 aggregate at TCU with his second-highest smallbore of 573 and a 589 in air rifle
  • Kept the momentum going with a season-high 577 in smallbore at Army and finished with an 1,160 overall
  • Shot in his first PRC Championships and posted scores of 572 in smallbore and 586 in air rifle

Shooting Experience
American Legion Post 233, Varina, VA Shooting Accomplishments: 2012 and 2013 VA State Small-bore Champion; 2011 and 2013 VA State Air Rifle Champion; Fourth place National Finalist, The 22nd American Legion Junior Shooting Sports National Championship (2012); Olympic Trials Competitor; 4-time Junior Olympic competitor; National Junior Olympic 3-position Sporter J2 and J3 Air Rifle Champion; NRA and CMP Distinguished Expert