Storm blows into Vegas and returns home with another Greco-Roman

Las Vegas, Nevada – When it comes to Greco-Roman wrestling and the Minnesota Storm, it’s not always strength in numbers.

One of the nation’s premier international clubs, the Storm relies on its quality to bring home hardware and at the U.S. Open Championships on December 17-18 at the Westgate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Storm did just that.

Pat Smith claimed his first U.S. Open championship after finishing second on four different occasions, while Hayden Zillmer finished with a silver medal. Jayson Ness, Barrett Stanghill and Malcolm Allen finished with bronze medals to lead the Storm to the Division II national team championship.

Smith’s championship came at 71kg where he defeated Anthonie Linares of the New York Athletic Club 8-0. Smith built a 5-0 lead and cruised to the gold medal. Continue reading at