Pat Smith | @papsmitty
Minnesota Storm 72 kg
Minnesota Training Center
Parents: Harry and Sue Smith
Siblings: Zach McGillis and Sarah Olson
Hometown: Chaska, MN
High School: Chaska High School
Undergraduate Degree: Business and Psychology
College: University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Personal Interests: Anything on the lake, Playing Guitar
Favorite Music: Country, but I like pretty much everything
Favorite Quote: "We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat" -Queen Victoria
Pat Smith calls himself a "product of the Minnesota Storm foundational program." Smith has been involved with the MTC for a while and has enjoyed great success so far in his career.
Smith began his wrestling career at Chaska High School, where he was a five-time state entrant. He placed third as a Junior and second as a Senior. He was a two-time Junior Nationals All-American before continuing his wrestling career at the University of Minnesota.
Smith won a University national title his freshman year at the U, then placed fourth and eighth in the U.S. Open the next two years respectively. After qualifying for an Olympic redshirt and taking a year off to train for the Olympic trials, he returned to the MTC to compete in the U.S. Open in the spring of 2014.
Pat has been number two in his weight class in the United States for the past two seasons.
When he’s not wrestling, Smith is spending time outdoors and playing guitar. He continues to climb the ranks and we’re excited to see how high he can climb.
High school wrestling highlights:
5-time MSHSL state entrant
MSHSL state tournament 2nd and 3rd
NHSCA all American
2-time Junior Nationals Greco all American
College wrestling highlights:
University of Minnesota student-athlete 4-year letter winner
2-time academic all Big Ten
Greco Roman wrestling highlights:
4-time U.S. National Team Member (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
2015 Pan American Championships Champion (Chile)
2015 U.S. Open National Championships finalist
2014 University World Championships silver medal (Hungary)
2014 U.S. World Cup Team Member (Iran)
2014 University Greco World Team Member
2014 U.S. Open National Championships finalist
2014 U.S. Senior World Team Trials finalist
2-time University Nationals Champion
2-time University National Championships freestyle All-American
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