This Akron native was a football, baseball and track star at Garfield High. A promising professional baseball career was cut short by a spiked left knee. However, 1939 found him playing football for the undefeated South Akron Awnings. Moldea's enrollment in 1940 at Ohio State was cut short by being drafted into the U.S. Army but, not before establishing an OSU record in the shot put of 50'6". His effort helped the Buckeyes capture the 1941 Big 10 track championship. While in the European Theater in 1945, Moldea finished first in the shot put, second in the discus and third in the hammer at the United Kingdom track and field championships in London. He returned to Ohio State and earned letters in track during the 1946, '47, and '48 seasons. As a senior Moldea tried one more season of football - lettering as a kicking specialist on Wes Fesler's 1947 squad.