Bradlee LaMontagne starred on the John Hopkins wrestling team and attained the rank of captain.
Now, the John Hopkins community is mourning LaMontagne’s death. December 2020 has been a tough time for college players and their health, with Florida men’s basketball forward Keyontae Johnson’s recent collapse and hospitalization taking over the sports world.
Those in college athletics were already mourning the recent death of former Baylor football player Chance Waz. LaMontagne, 21, is the latest current or former student-athlete to tragically die in 2020.
Bradlee LaMontagne starred at John Hopkins
Standing 5 feet 7 inches, Bradlee LaMontagne was a rising star wrestler at John Hopkins University.
A starter at 157 pounds, LaMontagne went 23-24 and tied a school record by competing in 47 matches during the 2019-20 season. LaMontagne finished fourth at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships and won seven of his final 11 matches on the year.
As a freshman in 2018, LaMontagne went 11-16 and earned a victory in his first career match.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Va., LaMontagne served as a team captain.
LaMontagne tragically died in a boating accident
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic kept John Hopkins’ wrestling team from taking the mat this fall.
Bradlee LaMontagne and his family traveled to Mexico for a recent holiday trip. While on a relative’s yacht, LaMontagne jumped in the water for a quick swim.
According to Wavy.com in Virginia, a boat “passing by at a high rate of speed” hit LaMontagne. Those on the yacht tried to administer CPR, but it was unsuccessful.
LaMontagne was only 21 years old.
People are mourning Bradlee LaMontagne’s sudden death
The John Hopkins community, and those who knew Bradlee LaMontagne from Virginia, are mourning his death.
Keith Norris coached LaMontagne at John Hopkins. In an interview with Wavy, Norris mourned LaMontagne and the impact he left on others.
“He came to Hopkins because he wanted to change the world and he made a difference to every one of his teammates, to the community of Hopkins. His energy, his smile was contagious.”
LaMontagne’s mom, Lindsey Hillier, remembered her son as someone who “made everybody feel special.”
“It didn’t matter who you were,” she said. “He’d make you feel special.”
Harry Minium is a former Virginia sports reporter who now works for Old Dominion University. Minium changed his profile picture on Twitter to an old photo of LaMontagne.
Minium wrote that he was “paying homage” to LaMontagne.
The Great Neck Wrestling Club in Virginia Beach is creating a scholarship fund in honor of LaMontagne. The LaMontagne family intends to use that money to “give other local wrestlers an opportunity to make an impact,” according to Wavy.com.