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Enumclaw wrestler KC Moulden on pioneering girls wrestling | Five questions

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Five questions with Enumclaw High School junior wrestler KC Moulden, ranked No. 1 in the state at 235 pounds after winning 235 in Class 3A as a sophomore. Moulden is 6-1 in 2013-14 and 50-6 for her career with 44 pins. Moulden is one of two state champions for the Hornets since girls wrestling started there in 2008, and she hopes to join Chantelle Bailey (2009, 2010) as a two-time champ.

Q: When did you start wrestling and why?

Moulden: I started wrestling in eighth grade with the boys team [at Enumclaw Middle School), because I wanted to get in shape for track and football. I felt like it was a good fit, because I was naturally strong and it was a lot of fun. I played varsity football with the boys in seventh and eighth grade. I played usually guard or tackle on offense and defense.

Q: Is it hard being a female wrestler in high school? If so, what’s the most difficult challenge you face as a female wrestler?

Moulden: The hardest part is getting the boys’ respect. The boys look down on you and don’t treat you the same. It’s hard to get respect from people in wrestling as a girl. I think the [girls] sport should grow on people. We’ve held our own. Last year, we took first in our league in girls.

Q: How does it feel to be part of getting girls wrestling off the ground as a high-school sport?

Moulden: I try and show girls how much fun it is. I always try to be a role model in school. I get respect from other students. I’m trying to get more girls to join. We kind of showed the boys team that even though we have a small team, we can still fight. We are just trying to show that we deserve recognition.

Q: What is your best asset as a wrestler?

Moulden: I’m just really physical. I create the match. I go out and attack first and do what I do best. I take them out and I don’t show mercy. I just go hard all the time as long as I can.

Q: How did middle-school wrestling go for you in eighth grade with no girls team?

Moulden: I wrestled against the boys [in matches] and I also came up to the high school to practice with the girls every day after [middle school] practice. I think I had six or seven matches against the boys in middle school, and I won all of them except for one.



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