Hall of Fame – 2003
A quote by John Martinez of the North Platte Telegraph says it all: “An indication of Lattin’s ability can be gained by the fact the State Class B ‘King’ was Gary Ellingsen of Broken Bow. Ellingsen was pinned by Lattin in less than a minute in the Broken Bow Invitational during the season.” Mark wrestled all 4 years (’67-’70) at Mullen High School. His freshman year he learned a lot about the sport as he wrestled behind Paul Hassett, Mullen’s 1st State Champ at 29-0. His sophomore year he collected 19 wins and had 3 losses. He took second at state that year. Still improving, Mark advanced to a record of 24-1 his junior year with 23 of those wins by pin. He was State Champ in 1969 Class C and helped lead Mullen to their first state title. His senior year, Mark was undefeated at 17-0. He had 14 pins in the first period and set a state record with 3 pins/finals in 22 seconds. He was State Champ that senlioro year for Class D and Mullen again took the team title. Mark’s total high school record stands at 61-5. He attended UNL as a freshman in ’71 (2-2) and Chadron State College in ’72 (9-3) where he qualified for Nationals. Other special honors include 1970 Buffalo Bill Sportsman of the Year Award for Class D, 1970 Elk Youth Award, 1970 Danforth Citizenship Award for Boys,and the 1970 Mullen High School Outstanding Athlete. Mark’s biggest thrill was winning his first State Championship that led Mullen to its first State Team Trophy. Mark is being remembered by his friend and current wrestling coach at Mullen, Dan Brost, Hall ”94. Accepting is Mark’s father, Joe.