Transgender high school wrestler Mack Beggs won his second Texas Class 6A girls title victory on Feb. 24, and was booed at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas.
Beggs, who was born female, defeated his same opponent from 2017, Chelsea Sanchez, notes Sports Day.
There were some cheers when Beggs won, but they were drowned out by the boos.
Beggs defended his victory to The Dallas Morning News (video below):
They’re saying “steroids.” They’re saying, “Oh, they’re beating up on girls.” he said.
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.
Beggs takes doctor-prescribed, low-dose testosterone injections, which are steroids, but because of the law’s “safe harbor” rule, steroids are allowed if “dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose.”
Cypress Ranch senior Kayla Fitts, who was 52-0 before losing to Beggs 11-2 in a semifinal match, told The Dallas Morning News that it was not fair that she had to wrestle Beggs:
The strength definitely was the difference. I didn’t anticipate how strong he was… I understand if you want to transition your gender. I understand that totally. But there’s a time and a place.
You can do that after high school. Or if you want to do it, you can quit the sport. Because I don’t think it’s fair at all that you’re taking testosterone. That’s steroids. I know it’s not a lot. But still.
With his second title win, Beggs ended his senior season wrestling competitively against girls, with a 36-0 record. His record as a junior was 56-0 as a junior and, he was 40-9 as a sophomore.
Beggs has an academic scholarship offer from a college that he refused to name.