Last Saturday, Mack Beggs, a junior at Euless (Texas) Trinity, completed a 56--0 season by winning the state Class 6A girls' wrestling championship at 110 pounds. There's one complication: Mack was born female but has been receiving testosterone treatments since 2015 as part of a gender transition.
Mack, 17, has sought to compete against boys, but a statewide rule mandates that athletes compete as the gender noted on their birth certificates. The parent of one wrestler has sued the league, claiming Mack has an unfair advantage, and two other wrestlers forfeited matches in the regionals rather than face him.
"I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my teammates," he said after the win. "That's honestly what the spotlight should've been on."