Pat Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) has been selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on Dec. 20, 2016.
After finishing in second place at the U.S. Senior Nationals the past three years, Smith broke through to win his first title at the national tournament.
Smith cruised through the 71 kg/165 lbs. Greco-Roman bracket at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino on Saturday, winning four bouts and outscoring his opponents by a combined 32-1 tally.
The Minnesota Storm product opened with technical fall wins over Joshua Russo of the U.S. Marines and David Prado of Northern Michigan to reach the semifinals where he downed former South Dakota State NCAA qualifier Cody Pack, 7-0. In the championship bout, Smith ran through 2015 University Nationals champion Anthonie Linares of the New York AC, 8-0. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org