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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Wrestling becomes a family affair

Wrestling is what it's all about in the Turner family household. Ryan, a senior, Adam, a junior, Tony, a freshman and redshirt freshman Tyler are all brothers and teammates on the undefeated UW wrestling team. 




The Turners hail from Spring Valley, Wis., where they all competed under the coaching of their father, Carter Turner, who is credited with bringing his sons into the sport of wrestling at an early age.  




\As long as I can remember, right after school we would go down to the wrestling room because that's where Dad would be and we'd hang out during wrestling practice and roll around a bit,"" Adam said. ""We've always been around it. I don't even remember my first match it was so long ago."" 




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""Since I was in kindergarten we'd just go down and fool around and I just got hooked,"" Tyler said. 




All the wrestling from an early age caused some stress in the Turner house.  




""Our living room has holes in the walls,"" Ryan said. 




""We'd come home from a tournament or a camp and my dad would say, 'Show me this move' and we'd show him and pretty soon we'd be wrestling live,"" Tyler said. 




However, the living room walls are safe for now, as the Turners had a wrestling mat installed in their basement three years ago. 




Ann Turner, mother to the Turners, somehow managed to survive a house full of wrestlers.  




""I'm sure we caused her some gray hair,"" Adam said. ""We caused some trouble."" 




""She was very supportive,"" Tyler said of his mother. ""She was a little protective, but you'll get that."" 




Though the Turners caused some trouble at home, there are few problems at practice.  




""They're all into the sport of wrestling,"" Head Coach Barry Davis said. ""They're easy to coach. ... There really are no problems at all."" 




Not only do the Turner brothers wrestle together, but they live together as well. Despite all the ""togetherness"" the brothers still manage to maintain a good relationship. 




""We all live together and hang out together."" Ryan said. ""We have our brotherly fights but for the most part I think we get along pretty well."" 




Wrestling with each other has helped the Turners to improve in different ways.  




""It's definitely made me more competitive,"" Adam said. ""No one really wants to get beat on by their younger brother--or older brother for that matter, so tempers flare up a little bit."" 




""Seeing them get stronger makes me want to get stronger so I'm not the wimp in the house,"" Tyler said. 




For Tyler, wrestling with his older brothers has given him an opportunity to learn more. ""I've learned a lot from them,"" he said. ""They've made mistakes and showed me not to make those same ones."" 




Overall, the Turner brothers are glad to be wrestling on the same team with one another. ""I think it's nice wrestling with my brothers,"" Adam said. ""We know each other so well."" 




The brothers are also each others' biggest fans. ""No matter how I do they give me support and vice versa,"" Ryan said. ""We're very supportive of each other.\

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