Transgender boy wins girls’ state wrestling title for second time

CYPRESS, Texas — For the second year during a row, a transgender wrestler has won the Texas girls’ Class 6A 110-pound division. Mack ...

CYPRESS, Texas — For the second year during a row, a transgender wrestler has won the Texas girls’ Class 6A 110-pound division.


Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old senior from Euless Trinity highschool near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside Houston with an undefeated record. He beat Chelsea Sanchez — whom he beat for the title in 2017 — within the final match Saturday.


Video posted online showed a mixture of cheers and boos from the gang following Beggs’ win.


Beggs is within the process of transitioning from female to male and taking a coffee dose of testosterone.


It was his steroid therapy treatments while wrestling girls that stirred a fierce debate about competitive fairness and transgender rights last season. It’s been tons quieter since last year, when his march to a state championship was dogged by a last-minute lawsuit that attempted to prevent him.


Beggs had asked to wrestle within the boys’ division, but the principles for Texas public high schools require athletes to compete under the gender on their certificate .


Beggs entered the state tournament with a 32-0 record, beating three female wrestlers on his thanks to the championship.


“He has such a lot respect for all the women he wrestles,” said Beggs’ mother, Angela McNew. “People think Mack has been beating abreast of girls … the women he wrestles with, they're tough. it's more to try to to with skill and discipline than strength.”


McNew wouldn't make Beggs available for interviews before the state meet. The solitude allowed him to consider the task ahead and maybe shield him from attacks on social media and occasional insults from the stands — or maybe other wrestling mats — during meets.


WATCH: in a dramatic finish, transgender wrestler Mack Beggs rolls out of a possible pinfall to avoid defeat and win state. Met with boos from the crowd. @wfaa



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Beggs’ road to the championship last season included two forfeits within the regional tournament by wrestlers who feared injury. Beggs faced just one forfeit this season. The opposing coach and teammates had insisted the girl wrestle Beggs, but she refused, McNew said.


Beggs’ family has repeatedly said he wants to wrestle boys. The certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the administration for Texas highschool sports. it had been done to assist schools determine competition, said Jamie Harrison, the UIL’s deputy director.


SOURCE: NYPOST

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