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Canon-McMillan wrestling coach stepping down

| Monday, May 20, 2013, 9:21 p.m.

The coach of the state's premier Class AAA wrestling program during the past several years, Chris Mary now plans to turn his attention to another kind of AAA: Amy, Ava and Alivia.

Mary, 47, Canon-McMillan's coach the past 13 seasons, resigned Monday evening and cited his desire to spend more time with his wife and two daughters as the reason.

Wrestling USA magazine named Mary its national Coach of the Year last week. The recognition added another thrill for Mary, whose Big Macs won the PIAA Class AAA team dual tournament title for a second time in row and accumulated the most team points at the PIAA individual championships for a third time in a row earlier this spring.

β€œIt's time to be the coach of the year at home,” said Mary, who previously served as an assistant at Canon-McMillan and started as an assistant under his brother Phil Mary at Peters Township.

Mary, who indicated he might help Canon-McMillan on a volunteer basis next season, caps a stretch as coach that included four consecutive WPIAL team tournament titles, 12 consecutive section titles, six individual state championships and 20 WPIAL individual championships. Under his supervision, the Big Macs last lost a dual meet to a WPIAL foe in 2009. He received the WPIAL's Coach of the Year honor five times, was twice named PIAA Coach of the Year, and earned Coach of the Year recognition from The Open Mat, a prominent wrestling publication, in 2012.

β€œI've been blessed with some great student-athletes over the years,” said Mary, who also thanked his assistants: Glenn Haynes, Jason Cardillo and Pat Hudock.

Mary's daughter Ava is 3 years old, and Alivia is 1.

He said he settled on the resignation plan early in the season.

Mary has a career record of 214-42.

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