Former teammates on the football field, though adversaries on the wrestling mat, a pair of key contributors to the Terry Fox football program found themselves lined up eye to eye in last week's Raven Invitational wrestling tournament.
And once the dust settled, it was Mate McLeod-Genest who bested Brett Boyce in what was an all Fox matchup in the senior boys 78-kilogram final.
McLeod-Genest, who went 4-0 at the meet, was also named the Outstanding Senior Male Wrestler and helped his Fox team to a third-place overall finish behind Gleneagle and New Westminster.
A former back with Fox's senior football team, McLeod-Genest wasn't the only Ravens product to rise above the roughly 250 wrestlers in attendance, as Brooke Wheeler's 3-0 record helped put her over the top to claim gold in the girls 64 kg division.
The team award in the girls bracket went to Port Moody Secondary, with Carson Graham claiming second and Centennial nailing down the three spot.
Pinetree finished third in the Grade 8/9 boys division behind Burnaby Central and Carson Graham, while Dr. Charles Best grappler Joseph Palmieri carted off the outstanding boys wrestler in that age grouping.
Here are other top three results from School District 43 wrestlers: BOYS, 1st place: Taras Ermolenko (PT, 48kg Jr), Joseph Palmieri (Best, 57kg Jr), Ethan Nguyen (Best, 63kg Jr), Johnny Riera (PT, 74kg Jr), Edward Metcalf (Glen, 48kg Sr).
Second place: Darrel Galeria (PT, 78kg Jr), Rashid Shahanwar (PoMo, 54kg Sr), Eric Kwon (Glen, 60kg Sr), Ayraj Wali (Glen, 63kg Sr), Arman Bondar (Glen, 66kg Sr), Iman Amir (Glen, 70kg Sr),
Third place: Luke Faulks (Best, 48kg Jr), Arman Giordano
(ABC, 51kg Jr), Graeme Lyon
(HW, 57kg Jr), Terry Terrazzaro
(Cent, 66kg Jr), Nick Djonlic
(Glen, 70kg Jr), Thomas Janke
(Carney, 78kg Jr), Andrew
Mercado (TF, 48kg Sr), Ario
Tootian (PT, 51kg Sr), Andrew
Chang (Glen, 54kg Sr), Soma
Marton (TF, 57kg Sr), Dylan
Kimoto (HW, 60kg Sr), Zakkery
Moebes (PoMo, 66kg Sr),
Kostya Levechuk (PT, 78kg Sr),
Ahmed Daud (Cent, 84kg Sr),
Soroush Jafary (HW, 90kg Sr).
GIRLS, 1st place: Taylor Mason (Cent, 47kg), Kaila Guimond (Glen, 57kg), Maezi Cua (Cent, 60kg).
Second Place: Stephanie Ma (Glen, 43 kg), Luba Ndlovu (PoMo, 54kg), Nooshin Zare (Cent, 64kg), Beth Potts (PoMo), 69kg), Cynthia Dunn (TF, 75kg)
Third place: Candy Lin (Best, 47kg), Amy Amir (Glen, 51kg), Ciara McCrae (PoMo, 54kg), Laura Gray (Cent, 60kg), Tianna Stratton (PT, 64kg), Petya Mineva (PoMo, 69kg), Becky Curran (HW, 75kg), Josephine Cama (PoMo, 90kg).