Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs survives first day of state finals

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

Beggs has been taking low-dose testosterone injections prescribed by his doctor since his freshman year, though that was not made public until last January.

Last season, Beggs also defeated Sanchez, 12-1, in the girls Class 6A championship past year.

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

"And you're just going to tell me either to not wrestle at all or wrestle the guys?"

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. University Interscholastic League (UIL) deputy director Jamie Harrison said the League is willing to consider making an exception to competition rules if asked, but UIL has not received a request from the Beggs, according to Fox4 News. "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".

"If he has been taking hormones or steroids, he should be wrestling boys", Roush argued, according to CNN.




Avoiding much of the anticipated backlash for receiving special treatment and being allowed to take performance-altering drugs was part of the controversial high school wrestler's plan this year.

Along the road to Begg's 2017 victory, two girls forfeited their matches against Beggs when ordered by parents to do so. It just comes down to technique, who has the most heart.

Cypress Ranch High senior Kayla Fitts, who was 52-0 this season until she faced Beggs in the state semifinals, told the Dallas Morning News that allowing Beggs to compete was unfair. "This year, there was one forfeit. Beggs and his family have repeatedly said he [she] wants to compete against boys". It transformed his physical appearance and added muscle mass. "That didn't stop me from being who I was", he said.

Beggs is now entertaining a scholarship offer at an out-of-state school. He is allowed to take the testosterone, even though State and UIL rules prohibit their use by high school athletes, because they are "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical objective".

The 18-year-old returns to the finals facing less drama than he did last year. "This is what I worked for".

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