Mack Beggs: Transgender Wrestler Booed After 2nd State Title Win

Jenna Warner
March 1, 2018

The win was bittersweet, however, as vicious booing filled the arena after the final pin.

Beggs has been taking low-dose testosterone injections prescribed by his doctor since his freshman year, though that was not made public until last January.

Beggs' steroid therapy treatments while wrestling girls stirred a fierce debate about competitive fairness and transgender rights last season.

"It definitely felt different", Beggs told the Dallas Morning News.

"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".

For the second year in a row, a transgender wrestler has won the Texas girls' Class 6A 110-pound division.

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.

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

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

A UIL policy also says that student-athletes in high school must compete as the gender that's on their birth certificate.

"But what can I tell people?"

The solitude allowed him to concentrate on the task ahead and perhaps shield him from attacks on social media and occasional insults from the stands - or even other wrestling mats - during meets.

Last year Beggs was the subject of a lawsuit surrounding his decision to continue to fight in female competitions, and it seems that the situation he is being placed in is unfair on both him and his competitors.

Mack Beggs has captured his second straight state wrestling title. The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports.

While he hasn't made an official request, he has said he would prefer to compete against boys if allowed. "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".

"I understand if you want to transition your gender", said Cypress Ranch wrestler Kayla Fitts, who went 52-0 this season before falling to Beggs in the semifinals.

"Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos", Beggs contended after winning the championship previous year, according to CNN.

Other reports by Insurance News

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