#TeamUSATuesday: Greco-Roman National Team member Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith is currently the No. 1 wrestler at 77 kg/169.8 lbs. for Team USA’s Greco-Roman National Team. He claimed the top spot by winning the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in May and then defeating Junior World champion Kamal Bey at Final X: Rutgers.

After completing his college career at the University of Minnesota, Smith stayed and became a member of the Minnesota Storm. Since transitioning to Greco-Roman full-time, the Minnesota native has been a staple on the domestic Senior Greco-Roman scene.

In addition to being a 2017 and 2019 World Team member, Smith has made six-straight National Teams, is a University World silver medalist, a U.S. Open champion, and a three-time Pan American champion.

Smith took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Smith Earns World Team Spot While Steveson Falls at Final X

Former Gopher wrestler Pat Smith punched his ticket to the 2019 World Championships with two victories over Kamal Bey at 77kg in Greco-Roman wrestling, while at 125kg current Gopher wrestler Gable Steveson fell to two-time world bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski on Saturday night.

Smith avenged his US Open loss to Bey from earlier this year on Saturday night at Rutgers. Smith has now made his second Greco-Roman world team after competing in 2017 at 71kg.

After suffering a loss by 11-2 superiority in the first bout, Smith bounced back in the second putting forth his gameplan with a constant motor. Smith limited Bey’s flashy offense and came out on top of the 2-1 bout to force a decisive third bout.

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Gable Steveson and Pat Smith Ready For Final X:Rutgers

Gophers rising sophomore Gable Steveson (125kg) and alum Pat Smith (77kg) are set to compete at Final X: Rutgers this Saturday in a pair of best-of-three series. Steveson faces 2018 World Medalist Nick Gwiazdowski in freestyle while Smith challenges 2019 US Open Champion Kamal Bey in Greco-Roman.

Smith will be the second bout in the 5 pm evening session while Steveson and Gwiazdowski will wrestle fifth following the Whitney Conder/Victoria Anthony bout. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow @GopherWrestling on Twitter.

If victorious, the wrestlers will compete at the 2019 United World Wrestling Championships from September 14-22 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Minnesota Storm roundtable discussion with Joe Rau, Zach Sanders, Pat Smith and Donny Longendyke

Taking a visit over to the home of a few members of the Minnesota Storm to talk about some wrestling topics on Episode 44 of The Guillotine Grapevine.

Join host Jason Bryant as he moderates the roundtable with Joe Rau, Donny Longendyke, Zach Sanders and Pat Smith. Among the topics are Final X, wrestling terminology, how the greats would compete in today’s wrestling scene and what the better wrestling state is.

It’s a backyard discussion that’s just like you arguing with your friends.

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One-on-One with Pat Smith

Greco-Roman wrestler Pat Smith competed at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France, at 71 kilograms, going 1-1. Smith, who wrestled collegiately at the University of Minnesota, finished runner-up at the U.S. Open three straight years (2014-16) before winning his first U.S. Open title this year. He is also a two-time World Team Trials runner-up, Olympic Team Trials runner-up, three-time Pan American champion and University world silver medalist.

InterMat recently caught up with the 26-year-old Smith. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Coleman, Smith, Haight, Hafizov beaten in Tuesday morning Greco-Roman session at World Championships

PARIS, France – The final four members of the U.S. Greco-Roman team were defeated during the morning session at the World Wrestling Championships on Tuesday. None of the U.S. wrestlers were eligible for the repechage rounds when their opponents failed to reach the finals.

2012 Olympian and two-time Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) finished with a 1-1 record at 66 kg/145 lbs.

Coleman was dominant in his opener, scoring an 8-0 first-period technical fall over three-time Brazil Cup champion Diego Ribeiro Romanelli of Brazil. Coleman controlled all positions, earning two takedowns and four step out points to finish off the match quickly.

Coleman was defeated in his second match by 2016 European U23 silver medalist Mate Nemes of Slovakia, 3-1. The bout started with controversy, as officials penalized Coleman with a caution and two points to Nemes, when Coleman used a stiff-arm to Nemes’ neck during an active pummel. From that point on, neither wrestler could score, with each being penalized once for passivity. When Nemes was defeated in the quarterfinals, Coleman was not eligible for repechage. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org