Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Transgender Wrestler Booed During Final in Texas

Mack Beggs right shakes hands with Morton Ranch's Chelsea Sanchez before competing in the girls Class 6A 110-pound title bout during the UIL state wrestling championships Saturday Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs is booed after second straight state title win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jerome Frank | 01 March, 2018, 09:07

Before falling to Beggs in the semifinals, Cypress Ranch High School's Kayla Fits, actually told the Dallas Morning News that she was going to take his title.

For two years straight, transgender boy Mack Beggs has won the Texas girls 6A wrestling championship in the 110-pound weight class. As he defeated Sanchez, boos rang out from the crowd.

However, it appears that Beggs would like to jump from one controversy into another - competing as a boy instead of as a girl. The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports.

Beggs attracted controversy previous year, after a parent of a female competitor filed a suit to stop Beggs from wrestling as a girl.

According to Texas' state-level high school athletics organization, athletes must compete as the sex listed on their birth certificates.

Beggs shrugged off the jeers and told WFAA, "I don't care, I gave my all in that match". No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what.

"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.

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", Beggs told the paper. Beggs's public criticism began when a female wrestler's father filed a lawsuit in 2017 in an attempt to prevent Beggs from competing against other girls, alleging her artificially elevated testosterone levels are unfair.

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

Although Beggs and his family have stated repeatedly that he would like to wrestle boys, the law does not yet allow it. Lets hope for a progressive change!

The wrestling champion's treatments have so far given her a mustache and a deep, male-sounding voice.

A wrestling parent filed a lawsuit previous year to block Beggs from wrestling girls, but the suit it was dismissed.

Beggs wants to wrestle in the NCAA and is entertaining a scholarship offer from an out of state school.

"It just comes down to technique and who has the most heart". He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season.

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