Not to be outdone by brother Wilfried, Christian Tanefeu scored a national title of his own Thursday afternoon in the 106 pound Cadet Greco Roman division. Wilfried Tanefeu was crowned 113 pound Cadet Freestyle Champion Monday. Christian was dominant from start to finish; beginning with three consecutive technical falls before winning 6-2 and 5-1 decisions in the quarterfinals and semifinals to get to the finals. Tanefeu relied heavily on arm drags to go-behinds during his championship run, frustrating his opponents with great positioning and the chasing down takedowns for controlled victories. The recipe was the same in the finals, where Tanefeu held the center and scored a caution and one point midway through the first period that forced his opponent-Idaho’s Kyle Rice-to the bottom par terre position. Tanefeu was able to capitalize that scoring chance with a gut wrench and took a 3-1 lead into the break. Rice broke through Tanefeu’s defense in the second for a four point headlock, but Tanefeu immediately rolled through the maneuver and exposed Rice to take a 5-4 lead. Tanefeu found a drag with :25 seconds left on the clock for the two point takedown that iced the match.
Tanefeu is now a two-time Greco All American after finishing second in the Junior division last season. He joins Brandon Metz and Scott Owens as the only Cadet Greco national champions in North Dakota history.
Isaiah Huus won his seventh palce bout 12-0 over Max Gourley of Pennsylvania. Huus finished sixth in the Freestyle division on Monday