Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second title

Posted March 01, 2018

"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", Beggs said.

Both the NCAA and the Olympics have rules in place that allow athletes to compete as the gender they identify with. Beggs is a transgender male who has been legally taking testosterone since his freshman year of high school, but Texas' University Interscholastic league rules dictate that athletes must "compete in the gender division that corresponds to their birth certificates".

The teen came under scrutiny a year ago 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.

"It definitely felt different", Beggs told the Dallas Morning News, describing her experience of winning her second title.

Many in the crowd booed, however, when the steroid-pumped girl defeated her opponent in the last bout in about 10 seconds and was declared state champion.

Beggs, an 18-year-old from Euless Trinity High, was met with a wave of cheers and boos at the end of his final match against Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch on Saturday.

"He inspires a lot of people, and if he can help just one person-then it's worth it to Mack", Karem said. "No matter who you put in front of me, I am a champion".

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"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", McNew said.

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man.

"It sure as hell didn't stop me from doing what I wanted to do in the past, and it won't stop me from what I want to do in the future".

The opposing coach and teammates had insisted the girl wrestle Beggs, but she refused, McNew said. According to the Los Angeles Times, a lawsuit also sought to stop Beggs from wrestling girls, but that was dismissed by a county judge.

Texas laws ban performance enhancing drugs for high school athletes, but there is an exception if it is taken for medical purposes.

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

There was plenty of outrage on social media over the unfair advantage Beggs has over the competition, and over the effect transgenders are having on women's sports. "I've worked too hard for that".

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