DES MOINES — Lucas Roland really didn’t need any added incentive heading into the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
After losing twice to Dubuque Wahlert’s Kolton Bartow and finishing fifth in Class 2A at 160 pounds the previous season, the PCM High School junior wanted a chance to avenge those two losses to Bartow and become the first PCM wrestler to bring home a state championship.
Roland could have done without the last bit of motivation. His mother, Jeri, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October. More than anything, Lucas wanted to do this one for his Mom, who had been there every step of the way for him. She traveled with him to tournaments from the time he was young through last summer, once even riding a bus to Tennessee to watch her son wrestle. She prepared his meals for him, making sure he got the proper nutrition and rest. Without her, Lucas Roland would not have been on the big stage at all.
With his mother, weary and tired from another round of chemotherapy, watching and cheering on her son, Lucas Roland made school history and made Jeri Roland the proudest Mom in the world, beating Bartow, 5-1, to win the Class 2A state championship at 170 pounds.