Pat Smith Set for 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Gopher wrestler Pat Smith is set to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling this weekend with eyes on the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics later this summer.

The two-day event runs Friday and Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Action begins Friday morning at 9 a.m. CT with the Challenge Tournament preliminaries, quarterfinals and consolation rounds. The semifinals and finals take place Friday night beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday features the final best-of-three championship series starting at 9 a.m. CT and continuing at 5:30 p.m. Peacock and USA Network will provide streaming and linear coverage, while TrackWrestling will have live results.

Representing Minnesota Storm RTC, Smith has earned the No. 5 pre-seed at 67 kg in Greco-Roman and is scheduled to face No. 12 Peter Ogunsanya in the opening round, barring any changes after weigh-ins.

Smith qualified for the Trials after a fifth-place finish at the U.S. Senior Nationals in December. He is looking to reach the Olympics for the first time in his career after finishing as runner-up in 2016 and fourth in 2021.

His international career is highlighted by four Pan American championships, (2015-17 and 2022), three at Final X (2019 and 2022-23), as well as titles at the 2017 U.S. World Team Trials and 2017 U.S. Open.

At Minnesota, Smith went 57-32 from 2010-15 with an Olympic redshirt year in the 2011-12 campaign. He was a four-year letterwinner and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

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