James O. McLinnaham was a wrestler at Winston-Salem State University and won four consecutive CIAA Championships at the 126 pound weight class from 1987-1990. James was an NCAA Division II All-American in 1989 and for four consecutive years (1987-1990) earned All-Conference and Varsity Letters in Wrestling. He earned a degree in Business Administration in 1990 from WSSU and a Masters Degree in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2003. He continued his wrestling career in the United States Army earning a spot on the All Army Wrestling Team in 1992. He currently holds the rank of Major in the United States Army. He currently resides in Madison, Alabama.