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NGAC Wrestling: Gordon Lee polishes off their second straight NGAC Duals title

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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:46 am

The Gordon Lee Middle School Trojans were the class of the North Georgia Athletic Conference all season long and things were no different at the NGAC Duals at Trion on Saturday.

Gordon Lee rolled to a 3-0 mark in the tournament and completed a second straight undefeated dual match season. The top-seeded Trojans opened with a 74-9 win over eighth-seeded Saddle Ridge before hammering fifth-seeded Dade County, 82-3, in the semifinals.

In the championship finals, they would run into third-seeded Ringgold after the Tigers defeated LaFayette (51-31) before beating second-seeded Trion (48-35) in the other semifinal.

It would mark the third straight year that Gordon Lee and Ringgold would battle in the NGAC Duals finals. The Tigers slipped past the Trojans in 2014, only to see the Navy-and-White earn its revenge last season.

Ringgold jumped out to a 6-0 lead after a pin by Jacob Garnica at 72 pounds. However, Gordon Lee would assert itself and take control of the match by winning eight consecutive bouts, five by pinfall.

Conner Fine (78) and Bryce James (86) would win by pin to give the Trojans a 12-6 lead and Penn Askew (94) tacked on three more points after scoring a 4-1 decision. Two more pins by Nathaniel Hunley (100) and Cade Peterson (108) and a 7-0 decision by Tanner Wilson (115) pushed the advantage to 30-6.

Garrison Dendy followed with a pin at 123 and Logan Butler added one more at 130 and suddenly the Trojans had built a 39-6 advantage with six matches to go.

Ringgold would finally get back on the board as Jordan Garnica won by pin at 140 pounds, but Kameron Oliver recorded a 7-3 win at 150 pounds to put the Trojans up 42-12 and mathematically sew up the title.

The Tigers would win the next two bouts. Justin Middlebrooks (165) won by pin and James Booth (180) scored a 5-3 decision to bring the score to 42-21. However, Garrett Morton (220) won by pin and Dylan Burnett (275) would cap it with a forfeit victory.

Gordon Lee will attempt to make it three straight NGAC Traditional titles this Saturday when Heritage hosts the conference championships.

Trion would go on to take third place with a 59-30 win over LaFayette. The Ramblers were 2-2 on the day, losing to Ringgold (51-31) before winning two straight over Chattanooga Valley (50-34) and Dade County (54-32) to make the consolation finals.

Saddle Ridge went 1-2, following up the loss to Gordon Lee with a 48-42 win over Heritage before losing to Trion, 49-18. Chattanooga Valley opened its day with a 68-20 loss to Trion, while Dade County opened with a 43-42 win over Heritage.

Rossville and Lakeview did not participate in the tournament.