Marry to Continue Career at EMU

By Steve Widzinski
MI Grappler High School Analyst

11/23 - Devan Marry knows a thing or two about having success on the wrestling mat.  The Hudson senior has been part of three state championship teams during his high school career, as well as winning a pair of his own individual state titles.

Now as he enters his final high school season, Marry has announced that he will be continuing his career on the mat at Eastern Michigan University next year, a program whose future is looking brighter by the day.  The Eagles scored one of their biggest wins in recent history last week when they traveled to East Lansing and upended the Michigan State Spartans for the first time in over two decades. 

Marry hopes to carry over the great success he has experienced in
high school to the collegiate level when he arrives in Ypsilanti next fall.

“In high school, it has always been a team-first attitude,” said Marry. 
“So I want to do as much as I can individually to contribute to the overall
goal of the program and become great.”

“I think we can continue to compete with some of the best teams in the
nation while continuing to build the program into something special,”
Marry added.

Over the past few years Marry has been able to grow very familiar with
Eastern Michigan wrestling due to close proximity and ties to the program.

“Having a close relationship with their coaching staff through clubs and
open rooms was important,” explained Marry.  “Also knowing a lot of the
wrestlers on the team made me feel comfortable with the choice.”

One particular Eagle wrestler who Marry knows well is his brother Derrik, who is beginning his second season in Ypsilanti.  While he was already comfortable and confident in the EMU Program, having a family member on campus helped to assure Devan his choice to commit to Eastern was the right one.

“Having Derrik at EMU and getting to hear his thoughts about how they were building a top-notch program and were going to break out the next few seasons really affected me,” said Marry. “He has always been there for me and would never lead me astray.”

With so many connections to the program, it is clear Eastern Michigan was the logical choice for Marry.  Prior to coming to his final decision Marry had also considered wresting for Michigan State or playing football at Sienna Heights.  He expects to wrestle at 174 or 184lbs pounds during his career in Ypsilanti with the goal of reaching the NCAA tournament
and becoming an All-American. 

Now with his future plans made, Marry will turn his focus to the present.  In his senior season he will have the extremely rare opportunity to win a fourth state title on the team level and third individually.  

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