ALBANY — C.J. Goldizen isn't just wrestling for his first state medal this weekend.

ALBANY — C.J. Goldizen isn't just wrestling for his first state medal this weekend.

Goldizen, an Onteora senior 135-pounder, admits he's carrying the flag for Section 9 Division II wrestling.

Division II wrestlers continued their yearly struggle Friday. Fourteen of the section's 15 wrestlers went down in the opening round. Nine fell by pin.

Goldizen was the last wrestler standing. He became his school's second state semifinalist after a 7-1 win over Royalton-Hartland's Drew Hull. Trevor Gale advanced in 2005.

"I'm the fourth seed, but there's still people that are shocked a Division II kid from Onteora can come this far," said Goldizen, who is only the fourth Section 9 small-school wrestler to advance to a semifinal. "I'm battling out here for them (Section 9 wrestlers) for respect. I'm battling for kids on my team.

"Hopefully, I can make a name for myself and prove Division II wrestlers aren't as terrible as people think. If you put in the time and work, you can do things."

Goldizen is a prime example of hard work. After a disappointing loss in the section final as a junior, Goldizen recommitted himself to wrestling. He travelled to Journeyman Wrestling in Albany to redefine his skills.

Now, Goldizen has guaranteed himself a top-six finish in the state. He isn't satisfied yet.

Goldizen is not backing down, even if the odds are against him in the semifinals, where he will face defending champion Quinton Murphy of Holley Central.

"I'm going to go after him," Goldizen said. "I want to place higher than sixth."

Warwick junior Justin Corradino, a Section 9 112-pound champion, didn't make weight.

Corradino missed the 114-pound allotted weight by 1.5 pounds.

"It's frustrating," Warwick coach John Canty said.

Corradino was 12 pounds overweight earlier this week. It's the second time a Section 9 wrestler has failed to make weight in 13 years, section chairman Jeff Cuilty said.

Minisink Valley senior Andrew Natalizio dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to MacArthur's Chris Perez in a 130-pound quarterfinal. Natalizio was penalized for stalling 3:23 into the match. He had upset sixth-seeded Casey Brice of Longwood, 3-2, in the round of 16.

Warwick junior Shane Connolly was edged, 3-2, by John Glenn's Vinny Punzone in a 119-pound quarterfinal. Connolly fell behind 3-0 before scoring a reversal with 1:38 left.

Warwick 171-pounder Sean Prell and Port Jervis 215-pounder Andrew Smith, both seniors and second seeds, were pinned in the round of 16.

Kingston junior 285-pounder Seth Stauble recorded his 100th career win with a pin in the first round of wrestlebacks.