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Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second title

01 March 2018, 09:07 | Rodolfo Quinn

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs is booed after second straight state title win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Mack Beggs right shakes hands with Morton Ranch's Chelsea Sanchez before competing in the girls Class 6A 110-pound title bout during the UIL state wrestling championships Saturday

The 18-year-old transgender male wrestles for Trinity High School in Euless. First off, well done!

This is because the undefeated wrestler has been dogged by controversy ever since he began transitioning from female to male and taking a low-dose of testosterone.

Beggs' steroid therapy treatments while wrestling girls stirred a fierce debate about competitive fairness and transgender rights last season. But absent a change to the policies, his only option to continue his wrestling career was to compete against girls instead, a fact which he discussed with the Dallas Morning News. This year I wanted to prove a point that anyone can do anything.

Beggs had tried to compete in the boys division but was knocked back by the State, which now says that athletes can only compete in the gender determined by their birth certificate.

"Beggs is a girl wrestler doping testosterone", she said.

"People think Mack has been beating up on girls ..."

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Beggs wanted to wrestle in the boys' division, but Texas public high schools require athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate, The Post reported. "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength". "Beggs and his family have repeatedly said he [she] wants to compete against boys".

"But what can I tell people?" The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports.

Before falling to Beggs in the semifinals, Cypress Ranch High School's Kayla Fits, actually told the Dallas Morning News that she was going to take his title. "All I can hope for is that they come to their [senses] and realize this is stupid and we should change the policies to conform to other people in my position". It was done to help schools determine competition, according to the UIL's deputy director Jamie Harrison. No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what.

Beggs, who was born female as Mackenzie, identifies as a male.

The teen came under scrutiny past year when a parent tried to stop him from wrestling in the female division by filing a lawsuit arguing that Beggs' use of testosterone during his transition gave him a competitive advantage, USA Today reported. He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season.

"Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos", Beggs contended after winning the championship a year ago, according to CNN.



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