A 2007 graduate of Edinboro with a degree in health and physical education, Gibson was part of two teams that finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. He captured a 2007 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title, earned a silver medal in 2005, and finished in the top five in the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) twice, including a runner-up showing as a senior. Following his collegiate career, Gibson spent time wrestling at the senior and international levels. In addition to qualifying for the World Team Trials in 2009, he was champion of the 2009 Northeast Regional Qualifier and a fourth-place finisher at the same event in 2008. Gibson also finished in the top eight at the 2008 U.S. National Championships Challenge Tournament, qualifying for the 16-man U.S. National Championships. The lone member of his high school's wrestling team, Gibson was runner-up at the Pennsylvania State Championships as a senior after an eighth-place showing as a junior.
Gibson began his tenure at Clarion as a graduate assistant coach and also served as a volunteer assistant for the Division I program that produced two All-Americans, 11 NCAA qualifiers, six PSAC champions, three EWL gold medal winners and four Academic All-Americans since he arrived in July 2007. The Golden Eagles placed 18th at the 2012 NCAA Championship.
Gibson earned his master's in education from Clarion in 2009. He married his wife, Sarah, in May 2009. The couple has one son, James (2).