Hall of Fame – 1999
Mark got a taste for wrestling at an early age, beginning with the Pee Wee Program while in pre-school. This lasted through junior high. For a lot of wrestlers, starting that young, this is “burn-out” time, but not for Mark. It just gave him one more reason to compete in high school. The Burwell wrestling program was fortunate to have this dedicated young man in their midst. Attending Burwell High School from 1983-1987, he became a 3x State Champ, taking 3rd his freshman year. His won-loss records show 28-7, 31-0, 28-0, and 28-0. During that time he wrestled at 145 and 155 lbs. He won a wrestling scholarship to UNL where he attended for one year, then moved on to Chadron. He coached the Sargent High School Wrestlng Team in ‘89-’90 and has been selected as a wrestling official at the State Tournament for the last four years. Mark counts as his biggest thrill, taking the district crown his freshman year when he had been seeded fifth and also winning his first state title his sophomore year. He is being introduced by his former coach and friend, Dom La Rocca of Burwell.