Discovery Canyon's Jared Turner tried to emulate his older brothers on the wrestling mat but never could live up to their success.
He had to find his own way first.
The youngest Turner returned to the Colorado Springs Metro Championships on Friday at Doherty High School as the No. 2 seed in a competitive 138-pound class. It had been a year since Turner changed his wrestling career's trajectory at the tournament with an unexpected title as the 15 seed.
"Last year I would go in scared trying to fill my brother's shoes," Turner said. "I think after winning this tournament I found my own style of wrestling and didn't worry about how my brothers were."
With an approach and demeanor all his own, Turner pinned Lewis-Palmer's Max Voshage in 1 minute, 51 seconds in the second round Friday.
He left the mat with a smile - something his tenacious brothers Steve and Sam, who combined for four state titles, rarely did when they were at Discovery Canyon.
"Jared is more free spirited and kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants," Thunder coach Marques Bravo chuckled. "He's in his own world sometimes. But he has that killer mentality, too."
In fact, Jared still sends his wrestling video to his brother Sam at the University of Wyoming for critique.
"Even when he moves away he's still helping me out," Jared said.
Turner was aggressive as he built a quick 4-1 lead on Voshage. His pin came just three days after he'd pinned the L-P wrestler in a dual.
Jared was one of nine wrestlers to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals for the Thunder, who left Day 1 in fourth with 62.5 points.
To climb into the top three, Discovery Canyon will need others to step up with top wrestler Jaden Porreco (126) gone with a season-ending elbow injury.
Patrick Allis (106), who is also looking to defend his Metros title, was also among those moving on for the Thunder. He said Porreco's injury was a rally cry for the rest of the team.
"We need our better wrestlers to step up," said Allis, who pinned Fountain-Fort Carson's Alexandra Vasquez in 28 seconds. "It's good to start off with wins (like these) before regionals. It gets your momentum going."
Coronado led the tournament after Day 1 with 77 points. Doherty was second at 67 and Cheyenne Mountain was third at 64.
The tournament will continue Saturday starting with quarterfinals at Doherty. Finals will begin at 6 p.m.