Texas transgender wrestler competes in state tournament

Mack Beggs

It's been a lot quieter since a year ago when his march to a state championship was dogged by a last-minute lawsuit that tried to stop him.

According to Texas' state-level high school athletics organization, athletes must compete as the sex listed on their birth certificates.

Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside of Houston with an undefeated record.

Texas public high school policy dictates that students must compete under the gender that they were defined as at birequestedAs part of his transition, Beggs has started a low-dose of testosterone.

Although steroid use by high school athletes is prohibited, Beggs's testosterone injections are allowed.

While he hasn't made an official request, he has said he would prefer to compete against boys if allowed.

"It definitely felt different", Beggs told The Dallas Morning News' Sports Day.




Emory University Department of Orthopedics assistant professor, Dr. Brandon Mines, agreed with several other parents at the match, maintaining that Beggs should compete with boys instead of girls. "I understand that totally". "This has given her an unfair advantage over her fellow female wrestlers since she first began taking the testosterone to impersonate a male in 2015". It was done to help schools determine competition, according to the UIL's deputy director Jamie Harrison.

Mack Beggs is a person in a very unusual position.

"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", Beggs' mother, Angela McNew, told AP.

Beggs, his family and many of his opponents wanted him to wrestle against male wrestlers, but state sport regulations require athletes to compete according to their birth gender.

Cheers and boos greeted the judges' decision but it confirmed what everybody already knew about Mack Beggs: he is by far the best in his girls' wrestling weight class in Texas.

"It just comes down to technique and who has the most heart".

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what. I put too much blood, sweat and tears, I put too much B.S. into this journey that I wanted to come out on top.

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