James Joplin

Northwest Guilford junior James Joplin: "I want to use wrestling to get into a school that may be hard for me to get into with just my academics and make something of the opportunity."

Northwest Guilford's James Joplin won the NCHSAA Class 4-A state wrestling championship at 120 points this year as a junior. With his only loss coming in the state duals championships, when he wrestled up a class at 126 pounds to help the Vikings, Joplin had a season to remember.

Family: Sarah and Joe Joplin; siblings, Saunders (20) and Witten (18).

High school goals: "When I first got to high school, I was thinking about four state titles. But I came up short my freshman year and finished third. I realized then it’s how you finish and not how you start. Academically, I wanted to do well because I knew that if I had good grades with my wrestling more college would want me on their team."

Life goals: "I want to use wrestling to get into a school that may be hard for me to get into with just my academics and make something of the opportunity."

Role model: "My dad. He’s a really hard worker and my coach since I was really little and is still coaching me today. He’s disciplined with his work, his diet and his workout routine."

FAVES

College team: Virginia Tech.

Pro team: Carolina Panthers.

Pro athlete: Lamar Jackson.

Sport (other than wrestling): Football.

Post-match meal: Chicken Philly Sub.

Binge watch: "Shooter."

Phone app: Instagram.

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