Gary Maresh enjoys one final year at Central City High School

CENTRAL CITY, Neb. (KSNB) - The year was 1977. The first Star Wars movie was released, Jimmy Carter was inaugerated into the oval office, and elvis pressley played in his final concert.

Coach Gary Maresh talks with wrestlers at practice while they jump rope.

And at Central City High School, it was year number one for Mr. Gary Maresh.

"Some of the kids now have kids of their own, and I actually have one wrestler that I coached his grandfather to a state championship," said Maresh.

Maresh is in his 43rd year as an agriculture teacher and FA advisor at Central City High School, and his 38th as a part of the wrestling coaching staff.

"It means the world to me. I love the kids, and I guess that's why I'm still here,” said Maresh. “I know I'm getting a little bit tired in my older age, but the kids keep me young."

When head coach Darin Garfield arrived at Central City 15 years ago, Maresh decided to continue to act as an assistant coach.

"It was absolutely the most pivotal piece of the puzzle when we came here. And to have his backing from day one was such a huge thing for me as a coach,” said Garfield. “And having that support from a guy with his tenure was just vital."

In his time at Central City he has been a part of three team state titles, along with several individual state champs.

He has also been inducted into the NSWCA Hall of Fame.

"I mean he is just an almost irreplaceable guy. The absolute biggest fixture of Central City wrestling and out entire program's history," said Garfield.

But this year will be his last.

"Everybody loves him, everybody is gonna miss him for sure,” said junior wrestler Sam Moore. “He's just irreplaceable."

"It's gonna be very tough to walk away, but I know it's time. As my age has gotten up there, I never would've thought I'd teach for43 years," said Maresh.

He has meant so much to the school, and the school has meant just as much to him.

"There's so many memories that I have. I guess in wrestling it would be the three state championships we won and when we beat Skutt in 2011,” said Maresh. “And the FA Officers that I've had over the years....have meant a lot to me."

While Maresh is calling it quits after all of these years, the impact he has had on generations of Bison will never leave.