Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs won his second Texas state girls’ title to a mix of boos and cheers on Saturday.
The 18-year-old from Euless Trinity High School beat Chelsea Sanchez 15-3 in the Class 6A 110-pound division. Beggs also defeated Sanchez for the 2017 title.
Beggs’ win was met with a combination of boos and cheers from the crowd in a similar reaction to his 2017 win.
The wrestler is on a low-dose of testosterone which is allowed by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) since it comes from a physician. Beggs has stated that he wants to compete in the boys division but according to the UIL’s birth certificate rule players must compete in tournaments that match the gender they were assigned at birth.
Speaking with WFAA, Beggs says he doesn’t let people’s negative opinions influence him.
“I don’t care, I gave my all in that match,” Beggs says. “You put me in front of anybody and I’ll wrestle them. Each time I read comments, they all say the same thing about steroids. It all comes down to technique and who has the most heart.”
Beggs’ future plans include wrestling in the NCAA, securing a scholarship for an out-of-state school and gender reassignment surgery.
Watch Beggs’ winning move below.
— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) February 24, 2018