---- — LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School junior Jean Luc Lemieux, 17, set a new record March 8. Lemieux had an outstanding season, winning all of his matches to end the season 50-0.
Lemieux captured his third New Hampshire state championship, then, on March 8, he won the finals of the New England Division 1 Championships. Lemieux had to go against season rival Derek Boley of Timberline High School. Lemieux shut him out with a 10-0 win.
Lemieux trains year-round under Tom Moreau, oOwner of Moreau’s Training Center in Londonderry. Moreau has been his mentor for about five years.
Beyond wrestling, Lemieux has been to many judo and jujitsu competitions and has placed at each tournament. Lemieux medaled at Judo State and International Championships. Lemieux was also does the strength and conditioning classes at Moreau’s.
Moreau is proud of his student.
“His wrestling coaches have him about one-third of the year. However, he is training year round,” Moreau said. “When the season ends or summer arrives, Lemieux’s training continues. Lemieux put the work in and that is why he is dominant.”
The standout wrestler has been a real mentor and role model to younger students, Moreau said.
“As young as he is, he has a great understanding of grappling/ wrestling sports. He doesn’t panic when in a bad position,” Moreau said. “He understands the situation and will methodically work his way to a dominant position.”
Lemieux is an honors student, and has gone through coaching and referee certifications that help him understand and outsmart his opponents.
Next month, Lemieux hopes to capture the championship at the Virginia Beach Nationals.