Dolgeville’s Null wins state wrestling title
ALBANY — After losing in the finals last year, Dolgeville’s Jacob Null gained a measure of redemption Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships.
Null, a junior, won the Division 2 (small-school) Tournament title with a 7-3 victory over Eden’s Giovanni Schifano of Section VI in the finals. Null was seeded first at 160 pounds, while Schifano was seeded second.
It was the first state title for Null, who also is the first wrestler in school history to claim a state title.
Null, who recently committed to wrestle at Division I North Carolina State, finished the season with a perfect 47-0 record.
In the semifinals, Null notched a 10-2 major decision over previously unbeaten Andrew Englerth of Section V’s LeRoy.
On Friday, 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.
Null 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 had 28 pins among his 47 wins this season.
Dolgeville freshman Ethan Randall also qualified for the state tournament. He was eliminated on the first day of competition after losing both of his matches Friday.
Randall 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.