Texas transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second straight title, draws mixed reactions
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Mar 01, 2018,
Mar 01, 2018, 9:05
Beggs is reportedly on testosterone therapy as he continues to make the transition from female to male, an issue that has sparked some controversy.
Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity smiles in the closing seconds of a Class 6A girls 110-pound semifinal bout during the UIL State Wrestling Championships on Saturday.
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.
"Even though I was put in this position, even though I didn't want to be put in this position, even though I wanted to wrestle the guys, I still had to wrestle the girls", she said.
Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man.
Beggs had asked to wrestle in the boys' division, but the rules for Texas public high schools require athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate. The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports.
She went on to insist that she has been the unfair victim of gender prejudice and discrimination that violates her so-called "civil right" to compete as a male - even though she is still a biological female.
"But what can I tell people?"
Here are two angles of Beggs' victory in the championship bout.
On Twitter, many commentators are saying it is unfair for an athlete who is taking testosterone to be competing in the female competition.
[Texas policymakers] should change the laws and then watch me wrestle the boys.
Beggs was born a girl. It transformed his physical appearance and added muscle mass.
Last year, the 18-year-old beat Sanchez for the championship.
Beggs is now entertaining a scholarship offer at an out-of-state school.
Beggs successfully won the state championship for the second straight year on Saturday, but when he was declared the victor, he was met with a hail of boos from numerous spectators in attendance.
"T$3 hough across the arena, a mix of boos could be heard ..."
Although steroid use by high school athletes is prohibited, Beggs's testosterone injections are allowed. "I would rather have a chance to compete than not compete at all".