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April 02. 2014 9:20PM

Londonderry wrestler finishes 4th nationally

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)

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.

“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.”

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.

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.

“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.”

Lemieux also carries a 3.70 GPA in the classroom.

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