first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Bulldogs’ deciding victory, coming in a deceptively wide-margined 40-22 triumph over Upland in the next-to-last match of the tournament for both teams, also was Young’s 600th career victory. They won it by breaking a tie with pins in their final three matches, in keeping with Young’s longstanding emphasis on pins. That emphasis, which has been the trademark of Highland’s 12 Golden League titles and four Southern Section titles under Young, had contributed to his team securing 177 of its 264 individual season victories going into the 16th annual Loughridge event. Young, the state’s all-time winningest high school wrestling coach, finished the day 601-145-4 after Highland completed its Loughridge record at 8-0, two matches ahead of second-place Thousand Oaks, Upland and Rancho Verde of Riverside, all of which finished 6-2. Upland could’ve moved into a tie for the lead with a win that also would have been the title tiebreaker, had it defeated Young’s team, which pulled out of a 22-22 tie with the trio of closing pins. “It’s special,” Young said of win No. 600. “You devote your life to something, or part of it, and it means I’ve had the chance to be with a lot of great kids over the years. And they’ve responded to my coaching style, which is sort of neat.” Young, who achieved career victory No. 500 at the Loughridge tournament three years ago, earned No. 600 with contributions led by five individual weight-class champions. Jon Vaughn (8-0 at 119 pounds), Josh Purpus (8-0 at 125), Paul Petros (7-1 at 130), Ryan Gifford (8-0 at 152) and Mike Larkin (7-1 at 160) combined to give the Bulldogs more individual champions than any other team in the 15-school competition. Vaughn, Purpus and Petros combined for the three closing pins in the meet-clinching victory over Upland. Other area weight-class champions were Oscar Garcia of Chatsworth, who posted seven pins and a technical fall in going 8-0 at 112 pounds, Russell Carlin of Quartz Hill (8-0 at 171), Ryan Camboliza of Littlerock (8-0 at 215) and heavyweight Jason Fonzi of Quartz Hill (8-0). Upland’s Eric Muniz (8-0 at 103), Steve Valenzuela (8-0 at 135), Matt Chapman (8-0 at 145) and Mazen Sholakh (8-0 at 189) and Rancho Verde’s Cases (8-0 at 140) were the other weight-class champions. Agoura ((5-3), Alemany of Mission Hills (5-3), Reseda (4-4), Quartz Hill (4-4) and Lancaster (4-4) rounded out the top 10 teams. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WRESTLING Highland claims tournament title By Dave Shelburne, Staff Writer PALMDALE – Host Highland High of Palmdale treated wrestling coach Mike Young to something special in clinching its fourth consecutive Bobby Loughridge Tournament title Saturday. last_img

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