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Former Rutgers Wrestling All-American, Navy Veteran George Mulligan Passes Away at 86

He had a great career as a teacher and coach as well

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There was sad news this week within the Rutgers community, as former Rutgers wrestler George Mulligan passed away at the age of 86.

Mulligan, a four-year letterwinner and team captain, finished in fourth place in the 155 pound weight class at the 1955 NCAA Championships as a senior, earning All-American status. He also played quarterback for the sprint football team on the banks. After graduating from Rutgers, Mulligan joined the Navy, becoming an officer and pilot during his military career. Later, he became a school teacher, working at Bay High School in Panama City, Florida and Middlesex High School in New Jersey. Mulligan finished his career in education after receiving his masters degree in counseling and worked for over two decades as a guidance counselor at the Tom P. Haney Vocational Center. He also coached wrestling and football during his teaching career as well. Mulligan was honored last year at Bay High School as the “Father of Wrestling in Bay County” and had a bench dedicated on his behalf.

Per the Rutgers press release:

The family will receive friends at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City on Friday from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please send donations to the Bay High School wrestling program.

Mulligan certainly had an amazing career and life. Rest in peace, George Mulligan, a loyal son of Rutgers.