A graduate member of the Tomahawk High School Class of 2000, active in wrestling and football for four years and track as a senior. Matt lettered eight times earning four letters in wrestling, three in football and one in track.
In addition he earned seven All-Conference honors as All-Conference 2nd Team as a sophomore and 1st Team All-Conference both his junior and senior years in wrestling; in football, he received All-Conference Honorable Mention on both offense and defense as a junior and 1st Team All-Conference on defense and 2nd Team All-Conference on offense as a senior. Matt was also selected to the All Region First Team as a senior.
Wrestling was Matt’s greatest achievement as a 2 time conference champion, 2 time regional champion, 2 time sectional qualifier and finishing his high school career by placing second at the state tournament. As a member of the wrestling 700 Club as he had an overall record of 85-27 (.759 winning percentage). Matt was on the Crossface All-Academic Team since he maintained a near perfect 4.0 GPA during high school and privileged to be selected to wrestle in the Wausau Daily Herald/National Guard All Star Classic.
Matthew went on to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering, graduating in four years with a 3.83 GPA. Continuing that wrestling spirit, he wrestled four years at MSOE earning several honors and was only the third athlete in MSOE history to become an NCAA All-American and the only wrestler in MSOE history to receive a national ranking. Matt was a two-time NCAA regional tournament champion and three time NCAA national tournament qualifier. He was a three-time Lake Michigan Conference champion and set the MSOE career record for the most wins with 123. In addition, he was a three-time academic All-American.
One very special honor presentation came in 2004 when Matthew won the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award at the Al Hanke Invitational and received his award from Dennis Hassert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Another prestigious honor Matthew received was when he was selected to the Nationwide Co-SIDA First Team All-American. Matt joined 14 other male student athletes on the first team that were chosen from 12 NCAA sports. The selection to the Co-SIDA team was based on athletic success, scholarship, leadership and skill.
Currently, Matthew is an Electrical Engineer working for exp Global Inc, US services designing power and lighting systems in the Entertainment and Hospitality Departments. He has worked on projects for SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Disney which involved designing power and lighting controls for various rides and shows.