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Transgender boy wins girls' state wrestling title for second time

01 March 2018

The girls he wrestles with, they are tough.

Beggs, his family and many of his opponents wanted him to wrestle against male wrestlers, but state sport regulations require athletes to compete according to their birth gender.

Mack Beggs, 18, points to his chest after defeating Chelsea Sanchez during the Texas girls 6A wrestling championship in the 110-pound weight class on February 24.

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".

He won two of his matches Friday by pinfall and will wrestle in the semifinals Saturday morning. No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what.

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Texas public high school policy dictates that students must compete under the gender that they were defined as at birequestedAs part of his transition, Beggs has started a low-dose of testosterone.

His mom, Angela McNew, said that Beggs isn't trying taking advantage of the girls he is forced to wrestle simply to have an easier path to a state title.

"People think Mack has been beating up on girls ..." As he defeated Sanchez, boos rang out from the crowd.

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

"It's a statement to other kids that you can do this, and that you can do anything you want to do", she said. "This year, there was one forfeit".

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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.

The opposing coach and teammates had insisted the girl wrestle Beggs, but she refused, McNew said.

"Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos", Beggs contended after winning the championship past year, according to CNN.

"The UIL is not in the gender-determining business and schools don't want to be either", UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison told the Associated Press.

While he hasn't made an official request, he has said he would prefer to compete against boys if allowed.

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Transgender boy wins girls' state wrestling title for second time