Transgender boy wins girls' state wrestling title for second time

Kristen Gonzales
March 1, 2018

"The 5' 1" Beggs, who is widely described by media as a "female transitioning to male", began receiving testosterone in 2015 and plans to have what she calls "top surgery" in the near future.

"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", Beggs' mother, Angela McNew told the AP. "They're saying, 'steroids.' They're saying, 'Oh, they're beating up on girls, '" he said. "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". "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".

Because of a state athletic policy, high school student-athletes must compete as the gender that's on their birth certificate.

"The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League - the governing body for Texas high school sports", Fox News reported. "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".

Grandmother Nancy Beggs said that wrestling is her grandson's life now, but that each of his victories extends far beyond the mat.

"If he has been taking hormones or steroids, he should be wrestling boys", Roush argued, according to CNN. It states that the state's high school athletics organization, the University Interscholastic League, can "declare a student ineligible for competition on the basis of steroid use" even if the student is taking the substances for "a valid medical goal".

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"Last season, two of Beggs' competitors forfeited their meets because they feared being injured", Webster noted.

Despite all the backlash, Beggs entered the ring and capped a ideal 36-0 season.

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

Beggs, who was born female as Mackenzie, identifies as a male.

Kayla Fitts, one of Beggs' opponents during the weekend tournament, told the News she didn't think wrestling Beggs was fair. "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?" It transformed his physical appearance and added muscle mass. He defeated Sanchez past year for the title as well. He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season. There have been lawsuits filed attempting to bar him from competing against women, and even legislative action that almost passed the state congressional houses. It finally paid off.

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