Jason O’Brien graduated from Waseca High School in 1987 and from St. Thomas University in 1991.
While in high school Jason earned five varsity letters, three in wrestling and two in football.
Jason was one of a long line of wrestling O’Brien’s as the name O’Brien is well known in Waseca wrestling circles.
Jason was a South Central Conference champion in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was District 4 runner-up in his sophomore season and champion in his junior and senior seasons and was Region 1 champion in both his junior and senior years, being named All-State. In those two years he placed 4th in the state tournament, finishing his high school career with a 76-11 record.
Jason was named to the Waseca County News All-Area Team as a sophomore, junior and senior and was selected for the Minnesota All-Star Classic team in his senior year. He was named team MVP in his junior and senior seasons and was team captain in his senior season.
Following graduation from Waseca High School, Jason wrestled four years at St. Thomas University where he had an outstanding career.
At St. Thomas, Jason was a three-time MIAC champion, winning titles in his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons. He was named the MIAC outstanding wrestler in both the individual and dual meet tournaments in his senior season. Jason was the team MVP and team captain in both his junior and senior seasons at St. Thomas.
Jason qualified for the NCAA Division III National Tournament all four years at St. Thomas. Twice he was a Midwest Region champion and he won the NCAA Division III National Championship in his senior season as the St. Thomas team placed third in the NCAA Division III National Tournament that season. He was also named as a Division III All-American in his junior and senior seasons.
Jason was inducted into the St. Thomas University Hall of Fame in 1998.
Jason is married to the former Chelsea Bauleke of Waseca and they have four children, Jack, Mallory, Meg and Henry. They live in Savage and he is employed by USBankcorp Asset Management as a senior trader. He is also a co-coach of the Prior Lake Youth Wrestling Club and is a board member of the St. Paul wrestling Club. He was also a part-time assistant wrestling coach at Waseca High School in the 1992-93 season.