Mark Hughes
  • In recognition of
    Mark Hughes, Class of 1992
    on his induction to the
    Hillsboro High School
    Athletic Hall of Fame 
    September 12, 2015 

Mark Hughes

  • A member of the Hillsboro High School class of 1992, Mark Hughes was part of a Hiltopper wrestling dynasty, capping of his career with a second place finish in the IHSA state finals as a senior.


    Hughes wrestled on teams that qualified for state all four years at Hillsboro High School, finishing fourth in 1990, 1991, and 1992.


    He was also a three-time individual qualifier, finishing second in the Class A 152-pound class as a senior.  On the state mats in Champaign, he opened with a 13-0 major decision win against Steve Brown of Lena-Winslow in the quarterfinals, then defeated previously unbeaten Larry Popp of Harvard 13-9 in the semifinals.


    In the championship bout, Hughes came within one point of a state championship, falling to Eric Johnson of Bismarck-Henning 6-5 to finish his senior season with a 39-2 record and a second place medal.


    In football, he made the Mid-State Conference all-conference teams on offense and defense as a senior.


    He went on to wrestle for Lincoln College, finishing fifth at nationals and earning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American status.

Last Modified on September 20, 2015