Transgender wrestler wins second consecutive state wrestling title

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

Texas transgender wrestler competes in state tournament

"You put me in front of anybody and I'll wrestle them", he said.

Even though most conservatives would applaud Texas schools' traditional - or biblical - take on gender identification, many take issue with the fact that Beggs is able to take male hormones in the form of testosterone and compete, which is not allowed in most collegiate and professional sports because of its performance-enhancing effects that gives athletes an unfair and unnatural advantage.

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".

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.

A Texas, transitioning, teen transgender wrestler won her second state title Saturday, which sparked further concern among parents and competitors over the competition's fairness.

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Beggs' road to the championship last season included two forfeits in the regional tournament by wrestlers who feared injury.

After the video appeared online, fans have come to support Beggs via the medium of Twitter.

Under Texas law, athletes are required to compete against other athletes who have the same gender on their birth certificates.

But Beggs is required by rules to compete as a girl against girls, even though he's previously said he would rather wrestle boys. As he defeated Sanchez, boos rang out from the crowd. The girls he [she] wrestles with, they are tough. "People think Mack has been beating up on girls. It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".

It was done to help schools determine competition, said Jamie Harrison, the UIL's deputy director.

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Despite all the backlash, Beggs entered the ring and capped a ideal 36-0 season.

The opposing coach and teammates had insisted the girl wrestle Beggs, but she refused, McNew said.

Although Beggs and his family have stated repeatedly that he would like to wrestle boys, the law does not yet allow it. Lets hope for a progressive change!

The match was the last of Beggs' high school career.

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