Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Transgender wrestler takes second Texas state girls' title

Transgender wrestler takes second Texas state girls' title

Euless Trinity transgender wrestler Mack Beggs won his second straight state title Saturday evening to a chorus of boos.

This is because the undefeated wrestler has been dogged by controversy ever since he began transitioning from female to male and taking a low-dose of testosterone. Several opponents forfeited to him during last year's run to the state title, arguing that the use of testosterone represents an unfair advantage.

But absent a change to the policies, his only option to continue his wrestling career was to compete against girls instead, a fact which he discussed with the Dallas Morning News.

You may remember Beggs's story, a year ago he was the focus of a huge controversy regarding him wrestling in the girls' division. "That didn't stop me from being who I was", he said.

Cheers and boos greeted the judges' decision but it confirmed what everybody already knew about Mack Beggs: he is by far the best in his girls' wrestling weight class in Texas.

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"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. "I put too much blood, sweat and tears, I put too much B.S. into this journey that I wanted to come out on top". "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".

Beggs said he got an academic scholarship from a college that would allow him to wrestle on the men's team.

Since 2014, Beggs has reportedly been in a relationship with Hannah Jones, who is a student at Timber Creek High School.

His family has repeatedly said their child wants to wrestle boys.

Beggs was the center of both praise and criticism in 2017 when a parent filed a lawsuit to try and keep him from wrestling in the female division. University Interscholastic League (UIL) deputy director Jamie Harrison said the League is willing to consider making an exception to competition rules if asked, but UIL has not received a request from the Beggs, according to Fox4 News.

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