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Londonderry's Jean-Luc Lemieux, right, works on Timberlane's Derek Bohle during the 132-pound championship bout of the Div. I Wrestling Championships hosted at Concord High School Saturday. Lemieux won 8-2. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Londonderry wrestler finishes 4th nationally


He didn’t win the national title, but Jean-Luc Lemieux of Londonderry still returned home with another impressive title.

The junior standout attained All-America status with a fourth-place finish in the 25th Annual NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships over the weekend at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

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“To finish fourth in the country is something to be proud about,” said Londonderry wrestling coach Travis Murphy. “Jean-Luc went to Virginia with the intention of winning the national title. He lost to the eventual champion, but the good news is he’s now an All-America and he has one more chance next year to win the national championship. That’s his next goal and I believe he will attain it.”
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Lemieux, who wrestled for Pinkerton Academy of Derry during his freshman and sophomore seasons, wrestled in the 126-pound junior class tournament in Virginia.His career resume is impressive. His overall record stands at 123-10. His 50 wins this season set a single-season school record at Londonderry, surpassing the 49 mark set in 2009 by Cody Byrd.
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Lemieux has won the Division I state meet three straight years in the 106 (freshman season, placed fourth in New Englands), 126 (sophomore) and 132 (this season, New England champ) weight pound classes. He’s also a three-time Meet of Champions winner in those weight classes.
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“Jean-Luc wrestles year round and he also does judo, training at the Moreau’s Center in Londonderry,” said Murphy. “He has the chance of finishing his career as a four-time state and meet of champions winner. I can tell you after watching him in the national meet, he’s not that far away from winning it next year. He knows what he needs to do during the off-season to improve his technique.”
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Lemieux also carries a 3.70 GPA in the classroom.
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