The transgender teenager from the Dallas suburb of Euless has been transitioning from girl to boy for several years. Beggs's public criticism began when a female wrestler's father filed a lawsuit in 2017 in an attempt to prevent Beggs from competing against other girls, alleging her artificially elevated testosterone levels are unfair.
Both the NCAA and the Olympics allow athletes to compete in the gender they identify with should Beggs continue his wrestling career.
A wrestling parent filed a lawsuit past year to block Beggs from wrestling girls, but the suit it was dismissed.
Beggs, who has gone 132-9 over three seasons, including an undefeated record for the past two years, has a scholarship offer to wrestle on a male team, and would have preferred to wrestle against men in high school. As he defeated Sanchez, boos rang out from the crowd.
"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", Beggs' mother, Angela McNew, said, according to ESPN. The girls he [she] wrestles with, they are tough. "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".
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"The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League - the governing body for Texas high school sports", Fox News reported. "It also shielded him [her] from possible social media attacks and the insults that are sometimes shouted out from the stands or from other competitors". It was done to help schools determine competition, according to the UIL's deputy director Jamie Harrison.
Despite all the backlash, Beggs entered the ring and capped a flawless 36-0 season.
He faced only one forfeit this season after one female opponent refused to wrestle him, against the wishes of her own coach and teammates, Ms McNew said.
While he hasn't made an official request, he has said he would prefer to compete against boys if allowed. "If you're going to talk down to someone that just wants to pursue a wresting dream, to pursue any dream in general, who are you to as a person to talk down to an 18-year-old that wants to succeed in life but can't do anything about it right now?"
Beggs's family has been extremely supportive of her transition and of her simultaneous wrestling activities.