AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Randy Wallerstein gave Highland a win by pin in the meet-opening match at 140 pounds, Ryan Gifford (152) and Josh Purpus (125) added victories by major decision, and Jerry Galaviz (135) and heavyweight Jesus Lopez contributed decision wins for the Bulldogs against a quick Ventura team that improved to 11-4. “They scrapped and they didn’t give up,” Young said of his team, “and you’ve got to go against teams that are better in order to raise the bar for your team.” Young was especially pleased with the way Galaviz wrestled in extending his strong first season with the varsity. “He’s a really steady kid,” Young said. “He’s got 24 wins now as a sophomore and 13 pins. He just keeps getting better and better. He wrestles like a senior. He’s going to be really something special in the future. He’s something special now.” The win by Ventura, ranked No. 7 in Southern Section Div. III, evened the Cougars’ recently started series with Highland at 2-2 – Ventura winning two in a row after Highland won the first two in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, when the Bulldogs went on to win Southern Section Dual Meet titles. VENTURA – Highland of Palmdale held its own with the best wrestling team in Ventura County on Wednesday night, but coach Mike Young’s Bulldogs didn’t have enough to topple host Ventura in an annual nonleague meeting matching top programs. Paced by season-long leaders Shaun Hastie and Jacob Frye, the Cougars won nine of the 14 weight classes to improve to 11-4 while dropping three-time tournament champion Highland to 30-7. Hastie, 32-3 and state-ranked at 103 pounds, wrestled at 112 pounds and posted a 15-0 technical fall over Carlos Newman. Frye won another technical fall at 171 pounds, defeating Jason Duarte, and Ventura notched pins or major decisions in three of their other seven wins. “They were better than us, but I was proud of the way my kids wrestled,” Young said of his Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 4 among Daily News-area teams and No. 3 in Southern Section Div. V. Ventura coach Mike Gacha said he would be willing to have his team wrestle any time against a team coached by Young, who increased his state-leading career wins total to 601 during the Bulldogs sweep of their own Bobby Loughridge Tournament on Saturday. “Coach Young, 600 wins, that’s so impressive,” Gacha said. “I have so much respect for him.” Familiar with Young’s coaching success – which has produced a combined eight Southern or City Section titles, at Highland and Franklin of Highland Park – and awaiting a tough Channel League match with Dos Pueblos next week, Gacha admitted to being somewhat concerned his team might be looking ahead. “This was one we might have been overlooking,” he said, “and I was worried about it – I was worried more than they were. But they came through again. They wrestled hard.” The win for the Cougars was their second in a row over a ranked Southern Section team. Ventura defeated Royal of Simi Valley 47-22 last week. Royal is ranked No. 1 by the Daily News and No. 1 in Southern Section Div. V. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!