Mack Beggs, the transgender wrestler from Euless Trinity High School, advanced to the finals of the Class 6A Region II wrestling tournament Friday.
It took Beggs, whose undefeated record (now 33-0) earned him the region's top seed, just 1 minute and 40 seconds to pin Nicole Matera of Lewisville High School in the girls 110-pound weight class at Allen High School.
Beggs defeated Lewisville's Elyse Nelson Friday afternoon to advance to the semifinals, where he faced Matera. Due to the number of wrestlers in the region, Beggs earned a first-round bye, making Nelson his first opponent of the day.
The reason he competes in the girls weight class is due to UIL rules, which state that participants must compete against the gender that appears on their birth certificate. Beggs has said in the past that he would like to wrestle against boys, since he identifies as male.
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"Boys wrestling is hard. It’s really, really hard," Beggs previously told the Morning News. "But I’ll do it. If it means wrestling with the guys, I’ll do it. It doesn’t invalidate how I wrestle and how my technique is. If I get beat, I get beat.”
In an interview earlier this week, Beggs revealed he had received a non-Division I scholarship offer to compete in the men's division.
Beggs' next match is tentatively scheduled for between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.