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January 2, 2014

Switching rivals

Unbeaten Lemieux hasn't missed a beat after shift from Pinkerton to Londonderry

Jean-Luc Lemieux is having no trouble fitting into a new school and a new system.

The Londonderry junior, a two-time Eagle-Tribune all-star at Pinkerton, transferred to his previous arch-rival after an uncomfortable sophomore season last year and he hasn’t missed a beat.

“He fits right in,” said Londonderry coach Jim Marron. “He’s like one of the guys and he seems to be enjoying himself, having fun.”

Lemieux confirmed just that when asked what it was like to switch from one Mack Plaque school to the other.

“Everyone was okay with it after the first week,” he said. “I guess it’s been kind of fun.”

Lemieux didn’t need to adjust much on the mat and he’s been dominating thus far. His 132-pound title at the Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament on Monday was his third — and most impressive — tournament title of the year. And, while sporting a 13-0 record, he really hasn’t been seriously tested.

Because of a suspension, Lemieux didn’t wrestled at New England last year, but he seems determined to make amends. “That was a little heartbreaking, but I have two years to make up for it,” he said.

Lemieux certainly made up for his sub-par performance at Lowell as a sophomore, when he finished sixth. He was clearly the class of the 132-pounders at Lowell this week. In five matches, he didn’t give up a single point.

“I’m better at neutral this year and I’m more focused than I was,” said Lemieux.

It certainly looks like Lemieux is focused and Marron believes it.

“He (Lemieux) makes no mistakes,” said Marron. “He understands what he needs to do and just does it.”

Lemieux will certainly be focused on Feb. 5. That’s when the Lancers go to Pinkerton for what should be a terrific dual meet.

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