The Ringgold Tigers and Trion Bulldogs have arguably been the best two dual match teams in the North Georgia Athletic Conference all season long, so it was only fitting that they would battle to the very end of the NGAC duals final at Chattanooga Valley on Wednesday.
Trion jumped out to a 29-0 lead before hanging on for a 44-36 victory to claim the title.
The match started at 86 pounds as Daegan Vaughn and Toby Maddux (94) opened with pins as part of six straight Bulldog victories to begin the championship match.
Cohen Blaschke (100) and Brandon Dover (108) each won by decision. Logan Eller (115) claimed a technical fall and Elijah Stewart (123) won by pin.
But Ringgold would finally respond as Tyler Borker and Mason Parker picked up pins at 130 and 140 before Cole Guthrie got the Ringgold crowd to its feet with a big pin at 150, cutting Trion's lead to 29-18.
Trion would come right back as Brantley Wilbanks scored an 8-5 decision at 165, but Kyle White would answer for Ringgold with a pin at 180, slashing the Bulldogs' lead down to eight points.
Bladyn Bowman (220) got a pin for Trion to increase the lead to 38-24, but the Tigers would come through with huge pins in the next two bouts. Bo Black (275) stuck his opponent with 22 seconds left in the match and Gage Keener (72) scored a quick first-period pin and suddenly the Bulldogs' lead was down to 38-36 with one match remaining.
But Crawford Lee would answer the bell for Trion, picking up the pin to account for the final six points of the match.
Dade County would beat Gordon Lee earlier in the night in the consolation brackets, while Chattanooga Valley got a win in the final bout to beat Heritage. The Wolverines would go on to win the third-place match over the Eagles, 59-9.
LaFayette will host the season-ending NGAC traditional tournament on Saturday.