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Matt Feast, the University of Pennsylvania’s first three-time wrestling All-American, won the Pennsylvania state high school tournament at heavyweight for Blue Mountain High in Cressona, PA in 2001. Other major high school tournaments that Feast won included the Beast of the East as a high school junior, and the Junior Nationals at Fargo as a senior in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle.
Feast enrolled at Penn’s Wharton School of Business and immediately became a starter at heavyweight for the Quakers. He qualified for the 2002 Nationals by finishing fourth at the EIWA tournament. Feast won the EIWA heavyweight championship title the following three years.
At the NCAAs, Feast reached the podium three times. As a sophomore, Feast won four bouts in the tournament and placed seventh. In the 2004 NCAA tournament in St. Louis, he decisioned his first three opponents and made the semi-finals; he ended up fifth. In his senior season, Feast won four NCAA tournament bouts while earning his third All-American honors by finishing sixth.
Under the tutelage of EIWA Hall of Fame coach Roger Reina, Feast recorded 118 career victories, which at the time was second in the Penn record books. He captained the team during his junior and senior seasons.
In the classroom, Feast was named to the national All-Academic team three times by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, as well as Academic All-Ivy accolades three times. As a senior he received the University’s Class of 1915 award which is given annually to the male senior who most closely approaches the ideal Penn student-athlete and who has shown outstanding athletic, academic and leadership qualities.
Since receiving his degree from Penn, Feast has worked in commercial real estate finance. From 2007-2011 he worked at Shinsei Bank in Tokyo, where he met his wife. He currently is in New York working for Natixis which is part of the 2nd largest banking system in France. Feast resides in Great Neck, NY with his wife Mei Mei and their two children, Holly and Max.