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Deemer fares well at Marietta

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
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Plum graduate Lindsay Deemer is making an impact for the Marietta College women’s basketball team. Photo: Marietta College Athletics

Lindsay Deemer, a sophomore on the Marietta College (Ohio) women's basketball team, saw action in the first four games of the season and averaged 21.3 minutes per contest.

She averaged five points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Deemer pulled down a team-best and career-high 10 rebounds in a 59-44 victory over the College of Mt. St. Joseph in the finals of the Mt. St. Joseph Tip-Off Classic.

Her previous best rebound total was eight recorded last year against Bethany (W.Va.) College.

She added four points against Mt. St. Joseph.

Marietta went 3-1 over the first four games, and the team was to play Muskingum (Ohio) University on Wednesday. The game was to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.

The Pioneers travel to play Ohio Northern on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Andrew Cressler

Mustangs graduate Andrew Cressler made a move over the summer, as he transferred from Seton Hill to Pitt-Johnstown.

He now is a member of the Mountain Cats men's basketball team, and he made an impact in the team's first four games.

Pitt-Johnstown won three of those four games and averaged 83.8 points per game, while giving up 66.5 points a contest.

Cressler started in all four games, including the final one before Thanksgiving, an 89-62 victory over Bluefield State in a West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest on Nov. 20.

He scored four points and added six rebounds against Bluefield.

In four games, Cressler averaged 5.5 points and was second on the team in rebounds per game at 5.0.

He finished tied for the team high in rebounds with six in the Mountain Cats' 86-76 loss to Concord on Nov. 17.

Pitt-Johnstown was scheduled to host Fairmont State on Tuesday in a WVIAC game that was to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.

The Mountain Cats are slated to continue WVIAC play Saturday at 4 p.m. at Davis & Elkins College.

Cressler, a junior this year at Pitt-Johnstown, played two seasons at Seton Hill and earned two letters.

As a freshman, he averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 rebounds a game. He shot 52 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free-throw line.

Cressler became a starter last season and helped lead Seton Hill with 11.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a contest.

He will see his former teammates at Seton Hill and the gym he called home for two seasons on Jan. 19, when Pitt-Johnstown makes the trip west to Greensburg to face the Griffins.

John Marotto

Plum graduate John Marotto, a true freshman on the Gannon University wrestling team, made his collegiate debut for the Golden Knights at the season-opening Mercyhurst Open, and he placed fifth in the 141-pound bracket.

He was one of six Gannon wrestlers to post top-five finishes.

Marotto recorded three straight victories after an opening loss.

The run included a pin of Cleveland State's J.J. McCaffrey before decisions against Mercyhurst's Joey Miller (11-4) and John Carroll's Doug Hayes (9-5).

A loss dropped him into the fifth-place match, where he then routed West Virginia's Sean Fee, 14-2.

Marotto's teammate Adam Weinell, a graduate of Blairsville High School, won the 141-pound title.

No team scores were kept because of the open format, where more than one wrestler from each school is permitted to enter the same weight-class bracket.

Marotto and Gannon return to action Saturday at the Ohio Northern Invitational.

Nolan Cressler

Nolan Cressler, a true freshman on the Cornell University men's basketball team, got his second career start against Longwood on Saturday at the Las Vegas Invitational, and he helped the Big Red to an 84-78 victory.

He scored 12 points and added four rebounds and three assists.

Cressler was 2 of 4 from 3-point range and was 2 of 2 from the free-throw line.

Cornell went 2-2 at the Las Vegas Invite, as the Big Red also beat Presbyterian College and suffered losses to both Wisconsin (73-40) and Arizona State (64-53).

Through seven games, Cornell went 3-4, and Cressler was second on the team in scoring at 9.9 points per game.

He came off the bench in his first collegiate game and scored 20 points to lead the Big Red to a season-opening victory over Western Michigan.

Cornell has several big games coming up, including a game at Vanderbilt on Dec. 17 and one against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 19. The games against the Commodores and Blue Devils are slated to air live on ESPN U.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at

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