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Texas transgender wrestler competes in state tournament

01 March 2018

For the second year in a row, 18-year-old Texas high school senior Mack Beggs won a girls' state wrestling title even though he is a transgender man.

"McNew did not allow media interviews with Beggs prior to the state meet", TheBlaze's Teri Webster reported. However, he completes in the girl's division because Texas public high schools require athletes to go by the sex on their birth certificate.

A lawsuit was filed against the University Interscholastic League to keep him from competing in the girls' division, but it was unsuccessful.

Because of a state athletic policy, high school student-athletes 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.

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"It definitely felt different", Beggs told the Dallas Morning News.

"I understand if you want to transition your gender", she said, according to the News.

"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".

But Beggs is required by rules to compete as a girl against girls, even though he's previously said he would rather wrestle boys. "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength". Beggs faced only one forfeit this season.

Beggs' family has repeatedly said he wants to wrestle boys.

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Last year - as well as this year - Beggs fell under the exception because her performance-enhancing testosterone hormone therapy was prescribed by doctors for "valid medical purposes' ... meaning that - unlike other competitors who did not enter as transgender - her steroid use was not barred from the state championships".

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

Beggs has taken the criticism in stride, saying that wrestling "all comes down to technique and who has the most heart", he told WFAA, according to USA Today. He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season.

Regardless on what Beggs or his mother thinks, it's hard to look past the testosterone as a form of doping and in his case it seems reasonable to let Beggs compete in male events.

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Texas transgender wrestler competes in state tournament