Matt's father built this boat before going into WWII
Soon after the passing of his father, Matt's
mother accepted a scholarship on his behalf to Western Reserve Academy (WRA) for him, a private school in Hudson, Ohio. Attending WRA was a great opportunity and opened the door for me to attend college; it was a life changing experience. Matt
soon discovered the sport of wrestling. I did other sports in school: cross-country, track, and soccer. But wrestling was my sport. It taught me about hard work, discipline and pushing myself further than I ever thought I could.
After high school, Matt
enrolled at the University of Florida in Gainesville to study architecture and to wrestle. At the end of his sophomore year, Florida's wrestling program was discontinued. He transferred to Clemson University in South Carolina to continue his studies and to wrestle. In 1981, Matt
graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Design (Architecture).