Underneath the graying whiskers of Joe Godinho’s mustache, a smile emerged.
It always feels great to beat your little brother.
For the first time in five years, Godinho’s Castle Rock squad topped Union 39-33 in a nonleague wrestling dual. The longstanding match may seem odd to most — with the Rockets a 1A school and the Titans a Class 4A side.
But Godinho won’t back down from a bout with his younger brother, John.
“At least I can get one every once in a while,” Godinho quipped. “We always have a chance, because we wrestle to the end and we don’t quit.”
And what an epic match this one was. In front of a packed house at LeBaron Court — as is custom for this family rivalry — the Rockets scored three straight pins to seal the victory.
First came Ryan Hurley at 182 pounds. Trailing 2-0 after the first round of his match with JoJo Torres, Hurley came up with a surprise pin just 21 seconds into the second round.
“Hurley’s just been doing a great job,” Godinho said. “He’s just been willing matches.”
It tied the match at 27-27, and turned the tide of what looked like another case of John’s bigger squad bullying his big brother.
“Every time we go out to wrestle, I go in there trying to win,” Godinho said. “Even though I’m the oldest, he’s got 80 kids. Any time you can come in with two buses…”
Instead, Nathan Halladay scored a pin just 52 seconds into his 195-pound match with Levi Harms to give the Rockets a 33-27 lead and set up Stephen Todd for the match-winner.
Todd, at 220 pounds, scored a reversal midway through the second round and quickly converted it into a pin. Game over.
“It feels good to beat Joe’s brother,” said Todd, a student from Toutle Lake. “I have my own brothers, and I love beating them at everything. … Brotherly rivalries in Toutle Lake and Castle Rock, we own it. ”
Godinho gave credit to his lightweights for keeping the match close, as Jayden Nelson scored a pin at 106 pounds, Ethan Erickson (120 pounds) earned a 10-4 decision, Cam Wason (132) earned a pin, and Wayne Baker (16) scored a pin.
But it wasn’t until Hurley’s pin that the Rockets started doing the math.
“Even Castle Rock guys were trying to add,” Godinho joked.
The win over the 4A school felt great; the win as a team felt better. But watching that young boy come out of Godinho with just a simple smile made it at all worth it.
Black Hills dual tournament: The Monarchs lost to Olympia and Aberdeen in the dual meet tournament in Lacey. Lane Williams (170 pounds) won all three of his matches, all by pin. Breanna Ford (130) won both her matches on the girls’ side. “She’s progressing and getting herself prepped for districts and a potential state showing,” MM coach Jeremy Baxter said.
Washougal 50, R.A. Long 21: Tanner Graham (220), Eric Howard (285) and Ivan Mendoza (113) earned pins and Gavin Yates (106) won a late decision as the Lumberjacks tried to battle through an early injury to Stewart Curtis at 170 pounds. Curtis dislocated his elbow.
Notes: Kalama’s Makenna Speed won her 135-pound weight class at a tournament in Hoquiam. It’s her fourth tourney win of the season.