Mack Beggs (32-0), a transgender male wrestler from Euless Trinity High School, took another large step forward towards defending his state title.
Saturday at Allen High School, the Euless Trinity senior captured his second straight girls Class 6A Region II title in the 110-pound weight class, defeating Coppell High School junior Khushi Khandelwal by pinfall in five minutes and 56 seconds.
Next weekend at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, he will look to complete a quest for a second straight girls Class 6A state title.
Beggs has previously stated he’d prefer to compete in the boys division, but UIL rules mandate participants must compete against the gender that appears on their birth certificate.
Last season, he produced a perfect 56-0 record in the Class 6A girls state championship at the 110-pound weight class.
In this year's quarterfinals, it took Beggs just four minutes and 28 seconds to win in a fall over Lewisville High School’s Elyse Nelson. In the semifinals, he was even better, pinning Lewisville Flower Mound’s Nicole Matera in a mere 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Over time, the number of Beggs’ critics have grown, particularly when the knowledge that Beggs had been injecting monthly testosterone injections of less than a milliliter became public information.
This weekend, though, not one of over a dozen opposing wrestlers, coaches, fans or parents wanted to discuss the opposing wrestler or the person wanted to talk about Beggs.
At his statement tournament win at there were bunches of cheers - and also some boos. This time around, the sound from a crowded gym at Allen was a noticeable silence. It might actually be preferable to controversy.
And just like last year, it doesn’t really seem to faze him.