Transgender male high school wrestler wins Texas girls title amid controversy

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

He receives low-level testosterone injections and wants to wrestle against boys.

Beggs, his family and many of his opponents wanted him to wrestle against male wrestlers, but state sport regulations require athletes to compete according to their birth gender.

The Associated Press reports Beggs, an 18-year-old senior in high school, won the girls Class 6A 110-pound division.

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

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. As he defeated Sanchez, boos rang out from the crowd.

It was done to help schools determine competition, said Jamie Harrison, the UIL's deputy director.

"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", Beggs said. "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".

"Beggs is a girl wrestler doping testosterone", she said. The girls he [she] wrestles with, they are tough.

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. "This year, there was one forfeit".

Jordan Gutierrez, a university student who attended lasts year's state championship, reflected the common campus politics that resonates from many progressive professors and LGBT groups across America's colleges and universities. Cypress Ranch High senior Kayla Fitts, who was 52-0 this season until she faced Beggs in the state semifinals, told the Dallas Morning News that allowing Beggs to compete was unfair.

There was plenty of outrage on social media over the unfair advantage Beggs has over the competition, and over the effect transgenders are having on women's sports. According to the Los Angeles Times, a lawsuit also sought to stop Beggs from wrestling girls, but that was dismissed by a county judge. "No matter who you put in front of me, I am a champion".

Beggs wants to wrestle in the NCAA and is entertaining a scholarship offer from an out of state school. "This is what I worked for".



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