Paul Osman arrived at East Carolina University in 1975 and won three Open titles as a freshman and was the recipient of the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. He helped the Pirates win their first of consecutive Southern Conference titles in '75. As a sophomore, he won his first individual Southern Conference title in the 126-pound weight class. A year later in '77, he successfully defended his title. He followed up his second individual title with a national title in the 136.5-pound weight class at the 1977 Junior World Freestyle National Championships. Osman qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1977 and '78 and finished second at the 1978 East Region Championships. Overall, he claimed 11 individual championships as a four-year letterman.