Wrestling year ends for boy as girls champ

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

A 17-year-old trans­gen­der boy com­pleted an un­de­feated sea­son Satur­day by win­ning a con­tro­ver­sial Texas state girls wrestling ti­tle in an event clouded by crit­i­cism from those who be­lieve the testos­terone he’s tak­ing as he tran­si­tions from fe­male to male cre­ated an un­fair ad­van­tage.

The fam­ily of Mack Beggs has said he would rather be wrestling boys, but state pol­icy calls for stu­dents to wres­tle against the gen­der listed on their birth cer­tifi­cates. So the ju­nior from Eu­less Trin­ity beat Chelsea Sanchez 12-2 in the 110-pound weight class to im­prove to 57-0 and earn the cham­pi­onship.

Beggs fell to his knees for a mo­ment af­ter the win as a mix­ture of cheers and boos rained down on him. He then hugged his coach and left the mat.

Beggs, who reached the state tour­na­ment af­ter two op­po­nents for­feited, was dogged through­out the tour­na­ment by ques­tions about whether his testos­terone

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