Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs survives first day of state finals

Posted March 01, 2018

However, Beggs recently told the Dallas Morning News, he has fended off the criticism and focused on his sport.

Beggs, 18, won the Texas girls' Class 6A 110-pound division for Euless Trinity for the second straight year, and the tournament unfolded much the way it did a year ago: Beggs defeated the same state championship match opponent, Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch, at the same venue in Cypress, outside of Houston, the Dallas Morning News reported. Beggs heads into the State Tournament undefeated at 32-0 this season.

It is likely that those booing were annoyed that Beggs had competed in the girls' category.

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

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The teen is hoping to pursue a career in wrestling, with the hope of taking up an out-of-state school scholarship and competing in the NCAA and, ultimately, the Olympics, where there are rules allowing for athletes to compete as the gender they identify with.

"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", Beggs said.

"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.

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. "This year, there was one forfeit. It all comes down to technique and who has the most heart". "Beggs and his family have repeatedly said he [she] wants to compete against boys".

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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.

Grandmother Nancy Beggs said that wrestling is her grandson's life now, but that each of his victories extends far beyond the mat.

Regardless on what Beggs or his mother thinks, it's hard to look past the testosterone as a form of doping and in his case it seems reasonable to let Beggs compete in male events.

[Texas policymakers] should change the laws and then watch me wrestle the boys.

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