Transgender wrestler from Euless Trinity wins 2nd state title

Calvin Saunders
March 1, 2018

In the video below, Beggs, who entered the state tournament with a 32-0 record, is seen rolling out of a pinfall to avoid defeat in a title match with Chelsea Sanchez, who Beggs beat past year. His steroid therapy treatment while wrestling against girls set off a debate about transgender rights and competitive fairness a year ago.

Texas public high school policy dictates that students must compete under the gender that they were defined as at birequestedAs part of his transition, Beggs has started a low-dose of testosterone.

Texas has a new two-time high school wrestling champion. Though the UIL has said publicly that it has never received an official request from Beggs or his school asking to wrestle boys. "I felt a lot more humble".

"It definitely felt different", Beggs told the Dallas Morning News. "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". According to the Los Angeles Times, a lawsuit also sought to stop Beggs from wrestling girls, but that was dismissed by a county judge. "I understand that totally".

"Or if you want to do it, you can quit the sport". It was done to help schools determine competition, according to the UIL's deputy director Jamie Harrison.

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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.

Mack Beggs is a person in a very unusual position.

His mom, Angela McNew, said that Beggs isn't trying taking advantage of the girls he is forced to wrestle simply to have an easier path to a state title. No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what. "They're saying, 'steroids.' They're saying, 'Oh, they're beating up on girls, '" he said.

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. "If you're going to talk down to someone that just wants to pursue a wresting dream, to pursue any dream in general, who are you to as a person to talk down to an 18-year-old that wants to succeed in life but can't do anything about it right now?" 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.

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