Getting To Know Pat Smith

Surely, you know Pat Smith. If you have caught any of the major domestic US Greco-Roman competitions over the past few years, you are undoubtedly quite familiar with him. In case you need a refresher, he’s the one who wrestles as if he and his opponent are locked in a phone booth while being swept away by a tornado. It’s constant pressure with Smith. His goal: to make you wilt. His method: be in your face the entire time.

This is one dude who doesn’t just prefer hard contact, but almost seems to need it in order to get going. But it’s not singularly about his wrestling style. Pat Smith is an accomplished, talented athlete who is not only dangerous everywhere on the mat, but also holds impressive credentials to back it up.

Just last week, the 25-year old Smith (Minnesota Storm) seemed on the verge of realizing a dream. At the 2016 US Olympic Wrestling Trials, he had taken the first of three matches against RaVaughn Perkins (NYAC), a gifted wrestler in his own right who also enjoyed a successful run to the finals. The following two matches didn’t go the Minnesotan’s way, however, leaving him just shy of accomplishing his goal. Continue reading at