Transgender Wrestler Mack Beggs Booed After Winning Texas Girls Title

Kristen Gonzales
March 1, 2018

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.

Mack Beggs received boos after winning a second consecutive Texas state wrestling title, but the transgender athlete hasn't let that affect him.

"McNew did not allow media interviews with Beggs prior to the state meet", TheBlaze's Teri Webster reported.

It is likely that those booing were annoyed that Beggs had competed in the girls' category. The University Interscholastic League requires student-athletes to participate under the sex noted on their birth certificate.

In 2017, Beggs was 56-0, a record that included multiple forfeits by female wrestlers who viewed it as unfair or unsafe to compete against him.

Speaking the fierce opposition he faces because of gender identity, Begg said he just wanted to focus on his sport.

But even though "state law and UIL rules prohibit steroid use by high school athletes, Beggs" testosterone injections are permissible, however, because of the law's "safe harbor" provision, which allows steroids that are "dispensed, prescribed, delivered, and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical objective, '" the Morning News reported.

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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 is a girl wrestler doping testosterone", she said. "They're saying, 'steroids.' They're saying, 'Oh, they're beating up on girls, '" he said. "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".

Despite all the backlash, Beggs entered the ring and capped a ideal 36-0 season. "It all comes down to technique and who has the most heart".

A senior at Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, Beggs anticipates competing against boys when she goes to college in the fall. However, many voiced that he should be wrestling boys or not wrestling at all.

Beggs is now entertaining a scholarship offer at an out-of-state school. It's been a lot quieter since previous year when his march to a state championship was soured by a last-minute lawsuit that tried to stop him.

Although steroid use by high school athletes is prohibited, Beggs's testosterone injections are allowed.

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