A couple of years ago Mark decided to go for the NPC Junior USA. Knowing that the competition would be rough and tough at the NPC Junior USA, he decided to come in at the very top of the lightweight class instead of being a small middleweight. This strategy was well thought out, as with his sharp conditioning and natural shape, Mark kicked butt in his class. (It was after that Jr. USA, Mark took some time off of competition to finish his degree).
Mark’s next contest was the 2002 Aloha Classic in Hawaii. The Aloha had 65 top competitors, with a particularly good middleweight class, but Mark won his class!