Texas transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second straight title, draws mixed reactions

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

In his case, it describes him as a girl, even though he started making the transition from female to male in freshman year.

"And you're just going to tell me either to not wrestle at all or wrestle the guys?"

The teen is hoping to pursue a career in wrestling, with the hope of taking up an out-of-state school scholarship and competing in the NCAA and, ultimately, the Olympics, where there are rules allowing for athletes to compete as the gender they identify with. His victory in the Class 6A 110-pound division on Saturday elicited mixed reactions. There have been lawsuits filed attempting to bar him from competing against women, and even legislative action that almost passed the state congressional houses.

A Texas, transitioning, teen transgender wrestler won her second state title Saturday, which sparked further concern among parents and competitors over the competition's fairness.

Beggs was met with cheers and boos from the crowd after his win.

According to his grandmother, Beggs competed in male wrestling meet in Irving last summer and finished fourth.

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"People think Mack has been beating up on girls ..." "I felt a lot more humble. Beggs and his family have repeatedly said he [she] wants to compete against boys". "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength". It was done to help schools determine competition, according to the UIL's deputy director Jamie Harrison. "She said that allowed him [her] to focus on the competition".

"But what can I tell people?" This year I wanted to prove a point that anyone can do anything.

One adult and youth counselor, Melissa Roush - also in attendance at last year's event - used the hormone argument of having an unfair advantage with the girls to try and make her case ... without mentioning the numerous problems and implications inherent with a girl competing in a boys' competition. "No matter who you put in front of me, I am a champion".

Texas has a new two-time high school wrestling champion. "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?"

Beggs was born a girl. "This is what I worked for".

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