Transgender teenager Mack Beggs wins Texas wrestling title

Transgender Teen Wins Wrestling Match After Opponent Refuses to Wrestle

A girl Tascosa High School wrestler loses a match at the state tournament to a transgender boy from Euless Trinity.

Beggs himself lobbied (unsuccessfully) to compete with the boys but Texas rules dictate that an athlete competes against whichever gender is on their birth certificate.

The 17-year-old Beggs, a junior at Euless Trinity High School in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, has undergone testosterone treatments while she transitions, and some believe that gave him a strength advantage over the other wrestlers he faced.

On Saturday, he beat Chelsea Sanchez 12-2 to earn the championship. That's honestly what the spotlight should've been on, my teammates. As for the hormone use, the state policy allows Beggs to compete because he's changing genders under the care of a doctor.

On Friday, Jamey Harrison with the UIL says the rule came about after it received "an increasing volume of calls" from school administrators asking about gender determination.

'The hard work that I put in the practice room with them beside me ... that's what the spotlight should have been on ... because I would not be here without them'. "They're doing wrong by Mack, and not just these 15 girls but all the other girls she wrestled all year".

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"Mack wants to wrestle boys and he'll never be recognized as a boy because of the birth certificate in the state of Texas", a woman whose daughter lost to the teen told the newspaper. "I feel so sick and disgusted by the discrimination-not by the kids, [but by] the PARENTS AND COACHES". In a previous tournament, two of Beggs' opponents forfeited rather than fight.

"The thing is we want to wrestle each other".

Beggs was surrounded by the girls he'd worked so hard with all season when he finally broke his silence Saturday night after the team finish second in Class 6A - the largest division in Texas.

Both UIL guidelines and the Texas Education Code forbid the use of steroids, but make an exception if they are "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical goal". "Because I would not be here without them".

Beggs' story hits particularly close to home for Taylor: He himself was a three-time all-American collegiate wrestler.

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