Transgender Texas wrestler wins second high school title
Euless Trinity wrestler Mack Beggs puts a head gear on in the second round of the 110-pound girls division against Lewisville wrestler Elyse Nelson during the 6A Region II wrestling meet at Allen High School in Allen, Texas on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:21PM EST
CYPRESS, Texas -- For the second year in 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 High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside of Houston with an undefeated record. He beat Chelsea Sanchez -- who he beat for the title in 2017-- in the final match Saturday.
Video posted online showed a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd following Beggs' win.
Beggs is in the process of transitioning from female to male and taking a low-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.
Beggs had asked to wrestle in the boys' division, but state law requires athletes to compete in the league that matches the gender on their birth certificate.