By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — She likes to keep up with the boys and often comes out on top when it comes to takedowns and pins on a wrestling mat.
Molly Fahey, 9, is a state wrestling champion, the only girl on the Derry Wrestling Rebels team.
“They don’t beat me very often,” Molly said.
She won her state K-4 championship title at a match in Nashua earlier this month, beating out three boys in her weight and age group to take the top crown.
“She’s my little tomboy,” Aimee Fahey said of her daughter.
The team practices regularly at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry and is made up of about 30 youth wrestlers.
Molly has been wrestling for four years.
Fahey said she has a 13-year-old son who Molly constantly tries to keep up with. He is also a member of the Wrestling Rebels.
Her other daughter is 14 and likes all the things most girls like, including makeup and hairstyles.
“Molly tries to keep up with her brother,” Fahey said.
There is something about Molly, Fahey said, that keeps her younger daughter ready to hit the wrestling mat instead of finding that perfect hairstyle for school.
She is tough, she likes to win and she likes the competition.
“She never wanted to do dance or be a cheerleader,” her mother said.
It’s not just wrestling that gets the fourth-grader ready for competition. Molly also plays football through the Derry Demons and participates on a Salem-based youth ice hockey team.
There are times during the year she wrestles, plays ice hockey and football all at the same time.
“A lot of the kids that play football also wrestle,” Fahey said.
“She loves it, she’s really good,” her mother said.
The boys get a little nervous, Fahey added, when they know they are going up against Molly.
“She’ll pin a boy and she’ll even make him cry,” she said.
Wrestling Rebels coach Joshua McLauglin said he never worries about Molly.
“She keeps up with everybody,” he said. “She’s just one of the guys.”
The Wrestling Rebels will face off against hundreds of other youth wrestlers at the Rebel New England Classic tournament March 23 at Pinkerton Academy.