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In the 1980s, the Godinho name was synonymous with wrestling excellence in Castle Rock.

Brothers Joe and John Godinho helped the Rockets to state titles in 1984 and ‘85 under legendary coach Jim Bair. John Godinho won individual state titles in ‘84, ‘85 and was runner-up in ‘86, and Joe Godinho racked up three runner-up finishes between 1983-85.

Thursday night, the Godinho brothers will again square off on the mats, as John's Union Titans visit Joe's Castle Rock Rockets at LeBaron Court in a nonleague wrestling match.

In last year's first-ever mat meeting of the Class 4A Titans and Class 1A Rockets, an injury- and sickness-riddled Castle Rock team suffered a 51-24 setback in Vancouver.

Thursday's matchup includes the next generation of Godinho grapplers. Kyle Godinho is a 140-pound senior and little brother Levi is a 135-pound sophomore at Castle Rock, and cousin Johnny (Junior) Godinho is a 112-pound freshman at Union.

Kyle Godinho, who placed fifth at last year's Mat Classic, is ranked second at 140 pounds by the Washington Wrestling Report. Levi, who participated in last year's Mat Classic, is ranked eighth at 135.

Castle Rock, ranked eighth in the preseason all-league poll, is also ranked 12th among 1A schools in the latest Washington Wrestling Report balloting. The Rockets are coming off a decisive victory at the Warrenton Tournament where they placed 11 grapplers in the finals and won seven titles.

Also ranked for CR are Marcus Deyo (sixth, 119), Jordan Booth (seventh, 103) and Taylor Harriman (seventh, 215).

Union, ranked second in the preseason all-league poll, won the 16-team Olympic Duals in Bremerton last weekend with victories over North Kitsap (62-10), Wenatchee (48-19), Graham-Kapowsin (40-29) and South Kitsap (36-26).

Tyler Davis placed fourth in the Class 3A portion of last year's Mat Classic, with Max Proudfit placing sixth and Dillon Thomas eighth.

JV matches begin at 6 p.m., followed by varsity contests at 7.


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