Reigning RI State Wrestling Champ Honored For Fight of His Life

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (WLNE)- J’Mari Lowman, reigning Division I State Wrestling Champion in Rhode Island, honored during a wrestling match at Ponaganset High School, as the Chieftains hosted La Salle Academy.

Lowman, after winning the RI Wrestling State Championship in 2021, was diagnosed with ulcerative Colitis, an intestinal disease that could be deadly if left untreated.

“It was really hard to eat and I was already cutting weight,” said Lowman. He continued, “I was in bed for two weeks straight before my dad said we had to go to the hospital.”

Lowman lost 50 pounds over his 80 days in the hospital over the summer. The Ponaganset and RI wrestling community were quick to step in, and help their champion.

Ponaganset High School Wrestling Coach, Mike Joyce, explained, “The bills were monumental, so my wife ran some fundraisers, they started a GoFund Me Page so a lot of the faculty here… donated heavily.”

Lowman, back on his feet and to normal weight, has a full ride scholarship to Washington and Lee University. He will begin his collegiate wrestling career a year later than anticipated.

Thursday evening, hundreds of parents, local wrestlers, and former teammates gathered inside Ponaganset’s gymnasium to celebrate his recovery.

“They are seriously my family… they’ve seen me cry, at my best, at my worst, they’ve helped me get here,” said Lowman. “A scholarship to Washington and Lee, a free ride… I would’ve never imagined.”

J’Mari only has two more surgeries until full recovery, and he will begin his collegiate wrestling career in the Fall.

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