Transgender Boy Forced to Wrestle Girls Causes Stir


CYPRESS, TX - FEBRUARY 25:  Trinity junior Mack Beggs wrestles Katy Morton Ranch junior Chelsea Sanchez in the final round of the 6A Girls 110 Weight Class match during the Texas Wrestling State Tournament on February 25, 2017 at Berry Center in Cypress,


Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity High School, 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.

After winning his third straight match of the Texas state tournament Saturday, wrestler Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity High School headed to the championship match—of the girl's 110-pound weight class. 

The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports Beggs was born female and is transitioning to male. The transgender teen, who has been taking testosterone for more than a year, is 56-0 this season. Some girls at the tournament have forfeited rather than wrestle against Beggs; others have left the mat in tears. After one match, a mother in the stands yelled "cheater" at Beggs while complaining about "how beefed up" he is.

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