Bay High Senior Honors "Father of Bay County Wrestling" with Bench in Front of Cobb Gym

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Those involved in high school athletics in our area are familiar with Cobb Gym at Bay High School. You can often find some kind of basketball, volleyball, weightlifting, or wrestling event being hosted there.

Now the gym has an extra piece of history attached to it, and that’s thanks to Bay High senior Aaron Curry.

For his Eagle Scout requirements, he had to do a project in service to the community. So, he decided to place a beautiful granite bench honoring former Bay High Wrestling Coach and the Father of Bay County Wrestling – George Mulligan.

It was unveiled Saturday morning in front of 60 people.

Curry says he chose to do this because there are two big things that have molded him into the man he is today, Boy Scouts and wrestling, and this project was able to bridge that gap while honoring someone important to him and the community.

"I wanted to do something that would pay tribute to an amazing man,” Curry says, “Earlier today I said he's a legend, and that truly fits him. He's just amazing, and I feel he needed to be dedicated for that."

"I’m truly shocked. In early years of coaching, you don't think of these things,” Coach Mulligan says, “Now in these later years, here comes a young fella this way with a project, and it is - the day we had Saturday was truly a day of wonderful memories."

If you feel inclined, the family could use help offsetting the costs of the bench.

They have a Facebook page called “Honoring George Mulligan” – go check that out if you'd like to help.

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