Campus clippings: 2 PSNK wrestlers compete in NCWA tournament
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Published: Monday, March 25, 2013, 12:46 a.m.
A pair of Penn State New Kensington wrestlers are helping to bring interest back to its still-developing program.
John Dopplehauer (Penn-Trafford) and James Melnyk (Schenley) finished the season in the top 25 of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association rankings.
Dopplehauer, a freshman 285-pounder, and Melnyk, a sophomore who wrestled at 157 during the regular season but moved to 165 for the postseason, both competed at the NCWA Championships in Allen, Texas.
Once prominent at PSNK, wrestling was shelved in 1975 before returning in 2010.
Freshman third baseman Joe Killian (Springdale) has started nine of 10 games for the Gators (6-5). He has a .259 batting average with four RBI and four runs.
Redshirt sophomore outfielder Ryan Siegel (Freeport) has played in 17 games this season for the Lakers (14-10). He is hitting .302 with seven runs and five RBI.
Freshman Kim Watterson (Springdale) placed 14th in the 400 meters (1:01.31) at the Kane Invitational and added a 10th-place finish in the 300 at the Cornell Relays (42.57).
Junior 6-foot-4 guard Ryan Stanko (Deer Lakes), a former Valley News Dispatch Player of the Year, averaged 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Gators (9-16).
Junior 6-4 guard Andrew Cressler (Plum) averaged 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Mountain Cats (15-13), who reached the WVICA quarterfinals. Cressler started all 28 games and shot 50 percent from the field, including 48 percent from 3-point range (25 for 52). He transferred from Seton Hill.
Washington & Jefferson
In 22 games, junior 6-3 guard Brett Goldstein (Fox Chapel) chipped in 3.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists for the Presidents (9-18).
Freshman guard Makenzie Zidek (Kiski Area), her high school's all-time 3-point leader, played in 25 games, averaging 10 minutes for the Gators (15-12). She averaged 3.3 points.
Senior guard Alicia Maust (Cheswick Christian) started 22 of 23 games this season for the Wolverines (9-14), contributing 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 22 minutes per game. Teammate Brandi Nickoloff (St. Joseph) played in 23 games, with 12 starts, and averaged 1.1 points in 18.6 minutes.
Sophomore 6-1 center Lindsey Deemer (Plum) played in 24 games, averaging 16 minutes, 3.3 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Pioneers (10-16). She started four games and led the team in rebounds nine times.
Freshman guard Heather Davis (Ford City) contributed 3.9 points in 11.6 minutes and made seven starts for the Yellowjackets (14-13).
—Bill Beckner Jr.
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