Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second title

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second title

Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity smiles in the closing seconds of a Class 6A girls 110-pound semifinal bout during the UIL State Wrestling Championships on Saturday.

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.

"He inspires a lot of people, and if he can help just one person-then it's worth it to Mack", Karem said.

"You put me in front of anybody and I'll wrestle them", he added. "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".

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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. "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".

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

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

Texas laws ban performance enhancing drugs for high school athletes, but there is an exception if it is taken for medical purposes.

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"It definitely felt different", Beggs said after his second state title win, according to the Dallas Morning News. Though the UIL has said publicly that it has never received an official request from Beggs or his school asking to wrestle boys.

Emory University Department of Orthopedics assistant professor, Dr. Brandon Mines, agreed with several other parents at the match, maintaining that Beggs should compete with boys instead of girls.

The teen came under scrutiny previous year when a parent tried to stop him from wrestling in the female division by filing a lawsuit arguing that Beggs' use of testosterone during his transition gave him a competitive advantage, USA Today reported. He defeated Sanchez a year ago for the title as well. It just comes down to technique, who has the most heart. He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season. "This is what I worked for. I would rather have a chance to compete than not compete at all".

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