NHIAA Div. I Wrestling Championship: Londonderry's Lemieux in a special class
Timberlane's Tim McLinden, left, reacts after defeating Nashua North's Cameron Bennett, lower right, during the 126lbs. championship bout of the Div. I Wrestling Championships hosted at Concord High School Saturday. McLinden won 6-5. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
NHIAA Division I Wrestling ChampionshipAt Concord High School, Saturday
1. Timberlane 200 2. Londonderry 161 3. Concord 148 4. Nashua North 121 5. Manchester Central 114.5 6. Pinkerton 87 7. Keene 79.50 8. Salem 74 9 Bishop Guertin 73 10 Manchester Memorial 68.5 11. Exeter 54 12. Nashua South 38.
106: 1. Tristan Stetson, K 2. Jordan Rowlett, BG 3. Dylan Wyman, Central 4. Tyler Byrd, L.
113: 1. Marcel LaPlante, NN 2. Shayne McCann, P 3. Ryan Cabezas, L 4. Nate Engel, C.
120: 1. Tyler Fitzpatrick, T 2. Mitchell Rose, L 3. Devin Johnson, Memorial 4. Connor Stadnicki, C.
126: 1. Tim McLinden, T 2. Cameron Bennett, NN 3. John Tanguay, S 4. Brandon Simpson, C.
132: 1. Jean-Luc Lemieux, L 2. Derek Bohle, T 3. Alex Kamau, C 4. Peter Daniels, NN.
138: 1. Ryan Peters, T 2. Brandon Levesque, BG 3. Avery Santiago, S 4. David Muite, NN.
145: 1. Dan Scalzo, T 2. Azalkhon Sarvalov, Central 3. Tyler Campbell, Memorial 4. Jake Barr, L.
152: 1. Kyle Peterson, Central 2. John Young, L 3. Ian Wagner, C 4. Cameron Altobelli, T.
160: 1. Will Bean, L 2. Brian Lonergan, T 3. Patrick Sands, BG 4. Raul Otero, Central.
170: 1. Keato Peterson, Central 2. Dylan Barreiro, P 3. James Kelly, E 4. Calvin Crowell, C.
182: 1. David Burke, E 2. Matthew Winchester, K 3. Evan Manns, NN 4. George Tarwo, C.
195: 1. Joe Chimelski, NN 2. Walter Ndi, C 3. Richard Biladeau, L 4. Mike Digregoriao, T.
220: 1. Kevin Ell, P 2. Shawn Grenier, T 3. Mike Poulin, S, 4. Justin L'Hearux, Memorial.
285: 1. Clay Legault, Memorial 2. Zach Stewart, T 3. Josh Norman, NS 4. Dylan Naylor, C.
"There are a handful of New Hampshire wrestlers who have separated themselves from the rest of the entries in all three divisions, and he's one of them," Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian said. "So I would certainly put him in the top five or six kids in the state of New Hampshire in all weights.
Lemieux didn't have the chance to celebrate a team title Saturday, however, as Timberlane won the Division I championship for the 15th consecutive year. The top six wrestlers in each weight class advanced to Saturday's Meet of Champions at Pinkerton Academy in Derry.
He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Pinkerton, but transferred to rival Londonderry last summer.
Londonderry coach Jim Marron said Lemieux is exceptional at sizing up the other wrestler on the mat, and identifying his opponent's strengths and weaknesses.
The top-three finishers in each weight class at Saturday's Meet of Champions will advance to the 50th Annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships in Providence, R.I. Lemieux finished fourth at the New England meet as a freshman, and qualified but did not compete last year.
"He's one of the best kids in New England at 132 pounds," Marron said. "There's no doubt about it."