Mack Beggs: Transgender Wrestler Booed After 2nd State Title Win

Posted March 01, 2018

"You put me in front of anybody and I'll wrestle them", he said.

Beggs, his family and many of his opponents wanted him to wrestle against male wrestlers, but state sport regulations require athletes to compete according to their birth gender.

The transgender senior from Euless Trinity High School just outside Dallas, Texas, took her record to a ideal 32-0 in a Houston area tournament, the UIL State Wrestling Championships at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, against her non-testosterone-taking challenger, Chelsea Sanchez, who she also beat in 2017 for the same title - but not without controversy.

Beggs successfully won the state championship for the second straight year on Saturday, but when he was declared the victor, he was met with a hail of boos from numerous spectators in attendance.

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Before falling to Beggs in the semifinals, Cypress Ranch High School's Kayla Fits, actually told the Dallas Morning News that she was going to take his title.

Beggs, who has gone 132-9 over three seasons, including an undefeated record for the past two years, has a scholarship offer to wrestle on a male team, and would have preferred to wrestle against men in high school.

"Even though I was put in this position, even though I didn't want to be put in this position, even though I wanted to wrestle the guys, I still had to wrestle the girls", Beggs told the paper.

Cheers and boos greeted the judges' decision but it confirmed what everybody already knew about Mack Beggs: he is by far the best in his girls' wrestling weight class in Texas.

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"It just comes down to technique and who has the most heart".

Video posted online showed a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd following Beggs' win.

The solitude allowed him to concentrate on the task ahead and perhaps shield him from attacks on social media and occasional insults from the stands - or even other wrestling mats - during meets. Beggs is 34-0 this season and Fitts is 52-0. An opposing coach and her teammates had insisted she wrestle Beggs, but she refused, McNew said.

While he hasn't made an official request, he has said he would prefer to compete against boys if allowed.

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