Transgender Wrestler Mack Beggs Booed After Winning Texas Girls Title

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 at the Berry Center on Saturday

No law compels Beggs to update her birth certificate; but despite her statements that she wishes to compete against boys, she has not changed her birth certificate so she may do so.

The transgender senior from Euless Trinity High School just outside Dallas, Texas, took her record to a flawless 32-0 in a Houston area tournament, the UIL State Wrestling Championships at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, against her non-testosterone-taking challenger, Chelsea Sanchez, who she also beat in 2017 for the same title - but not without controversy.

The teen came under scrutiny previous year 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.

Having won his second state championship on Saturday Beggs told...

Beggs refused interviews after her state-championship win.

"People think Mack has been beating up on girls ... I've been through too much (expletive) for anyone to put me down".

A senior at Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, Beggs anticipates competing against boys when she goes to college in the fall.

"But what can I tell people?" The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports.

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"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.

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

"The UIL is not in the gender-determining business and schools don't want to be either", UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison told the Associated Press.

On Twitter, many commentators are saying it is unfair for an athlete who is taking testosterone to be competing in the female competition.

Beggs defeated Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch High School.

Beggs was born a girl. "No matter who you put in front of me, I am a champion".

Beggs does not view his testosterone injections as an unfair advantage. I've put too much BS into this journey.

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