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Transgender Wrestler Wins High School Girls Title

AN 18-YEAR-OLD transgender boy has won the wrestling title in a Texas’ girls division for the second year in a row, reportedly prompting a mixed reaction from spectators at the event.

Mack Beggs, a senior at Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, beat Chelsea Sanchez on Saturday at a tournament in Cypress, Texas. Beggs entered the tournament with an undefeated 32-0 record and beat three female wrestlers on his way to the championship.

Beggs had asked to wrestle in the boys’ division, but Texas public high school rules require athletes compete under the gender on their birth certificate, a rule approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports, according to NBC.

Beggs’ steroid treatments while wrestling girls – which include a low dose of testosterone – stirred debate about fairness and transgender rights last season, when his path to the state championship was hit by a last-minute lawsuit that tried to stop him.

Beggs has repeatedly said he wants to wrestle boys and told Dallas News he wanted to prove “anyone can do anything.”

“This year I wanted to prove a point that anyone can do anything. 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 said. “But what can I tell people? I can tell the state Legislature to change the policy, but I can’t tell them to change it right now. All I can hope for is that they come to their [senses] and realize this is stupid and we should change the policies to conform to other people in my position.”

A video posted online of Beggs’ win shows a mixed reaction of cheers and boos from the crowd.

“They’re saying ‘steroids.’ They’re saying, ‘Oh, they’re beating up on girls,'” Beggs told Dallas News. “It just comes down to technique and who has the most heart. I put too much blood, sweat and tears. I put too much B.S. into this journey that I wanted to come out on top. In my heart, I am a champion. No matter who you put in front of me, I am a champion.”Play Video

Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer

Alexa Lardieri is a reporter and digital producer at U.S. News & World Report. You can follow h…  READ MORE

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