Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Transgender wrestler from Euless Trinity wins 2nd state title

Mack Beggs a transgender wrestler from Euless Trinity High School stands with his coach Travis Clark during a quarterfinal match against Mya Engert of Amarillo Tascosa Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs is booed after second straight state title win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Carol Daniels | 01 March, 2018, 09:06

"It definitely felt different", Beggs told the Dallas Morning News, describing her experience of winning her second title.

For the second year in a row, a transgender male USA high schooler has won a wrestling title competing in the Texas girls' class, after the state refused to allow the student to compete against boys.

Beggs refused interviews after her state-championship win.

It is likely that those booing were annoyed that Beggs had competed in the girls' category.

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.

And in 2016, the UIL also decided that student-athletes in high school must compete as the gender that's on their birth certificate.

Speaking the fierce opposition he faces because of gender identity, Begg said he just wanted to focus on his sport. Beggs told The Dallas Morning News he's never cared about the public reaction to his matches. This year I wanted to prove a point that anyone can do anything.

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UIL has said publicly they never received an official request from Beggs asking to wrestle boys instead of girls.

"They're saying 'steroids.' They're saying, 'Oh, they're beating up on girls, ' " Beggs said, according to the News.

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. "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?"

The wrestling champion's treatments have so far given her a mustache and a deep, male-sounding voice.

Despite all the backlash, Beggs entered the ring and capped a flawless 36-0 season. "Beggs and his family have repeatedly said he [she] wants to compete against boys".

In the video below, Beggs, who entered the state tournament with a 32-0 record, is seen rolling out of a pinfall to avoid defeat in a title match with Chelsea Sanchez, who Beggs beat a year ago.

Beggs wants to wrestle in the NCAA and is entertaining a scholarship offer from an out of state school. He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season.

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