But outside Houston's Berry Center, parents of wrestlers competing were split on the fairness of having the transgender teen compete against girls. Several parents complained that Beggs was too strong to compete against girls, while others expressed sympathy for him. A lingering question: If Beggs agrees that it's unfair for her to compete against females, why does she choose to compete at all?
"I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my teammates".
'That's honestly what the spotlight should've been on, my teammates, ' he said after he won.
"All the hard work I've put in for the past three years, it comes down to this day and tomorrow", he posted on Facebook.
Harrison believes that the outcome of the tournament was fair, despite concerns about Beggs. In the semifinal, Beggs pinned Kailyn Clay to advance to the final against Sanchez.
During Friday's matches, reporters and news cameras surrounded Beggs. Whether she's a boy, girl, wants to be purple or blue it doesn't matter. Ironically, he wants the same thing Beggs does: To have Beggs wrestle in the boys' division. She declined comment after the match, but Lisa Latham was proud of her daughter's performance.
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Beggs' participation comes at a crucial moment as the public and politicians debate the growing belief that gender is fluid.
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For the past year, Beggs has been receiving testosterone therapy to transition from girl to boy. "But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents".
The league granted Beggs permission to take testosterone because he is using the hormone for a "valid medical objective", the newspaper reported.
The UIL identifies a competitor's gender by birth certificate, a measure that was overwhelmingly passed by state school superintendents previous year.
A change to the UIL policy would require a committee's recommendation that would then be sent to the larger membership for a vote. "So any rule can be reconsidered, but...given the overwhelming support for that rule, I don't expect it to change anytime soon".