Dolgeville’s Null advances to state semifinals

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Dolgeville’s Jacob Null scores a takedown against Peru’s Zack Swyers in their 160-pound first-round match during the Division 2 Tournament at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany. (Photo contributed by Jen Dickinson)

ALBANY — It was a day of mixed results for Dolgeville’s Jacob Null and Ethan Randall at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships on Friday.

Null went 2-0 on the day and advanced to today’s semifinals, while Randall lost both of his matches and was eliminated from competition at the Times Union Center.

Null, who is seeded first at 160 pounds in the Division 2 (small-school) tournament, pushed his perfect record to 45-0 this season to advance to today’s semifinals.

Null cruised through his first two matches, winning by pinfall and major decision.

In his first-round match, he pinned Schalmont’s David Leon of Section II in 1:54.

Null followed that up with a 22-9 major decision over Peru’s Zack Swyers in the quarterfinals to advance to this morning’s semifinal round.

In his semifinal match, he will face fifth-seeded Andrew Englerth of Section V’s LeRoy in a battle of unbeatens. Englerth won his first match by pin and reached the semis with a 9-8 victory over fourth-seeded Will Carano of Section I’s Putnam Valley. Englerth is 51-0 this season.

In the other semifinal match at 160 pounds, Waverly’s Ethan Stotler of Section IV will face Giovanni Schifano of Section VI’s Eden.

Stotler improved to 45-1 on the season by pinning sixth-seeded Justin Smith of Section V’s Marcus Whitman/Penn Yan in the first round and pinning third-seeded Pat Ross of Section IX’s Onteora in the quarterfinals.

Schifano posted a pair of major decisions over Jackson Cantelmo of Section IX’s Mattituck in the first round and Nick Pino of Section II’s La Salle Institute in the quarterfinals.

Null, a junior, reached the finals at 160 pounds last year’s before losing to Iroquois’ Cory Day in the title bout by an 8-3 margin. He has 28 pins among his 45 wins this season.

Randall, a freshman, faced second-seeded Matt Camp of Section XI’s Mount Sinai in his opening bout, losing by technical fall in 3:11 by a 15-0 margin.

In his first wrestleback match, Randall lost by injury default to Windsor’s Langdon Sibley of Section IV.

Randall finished his season with a 37-7 overall record. He won the Section III Division 2 170-pound title earlier this month.

Wrestling is slated to resume today at 10 a.m. with the semifinals in the Division 1 (large-school) and Division 2 tournaments, which are being contested simultaneously.

The finals for both tournaments are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. today.

By Paul Wager

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