Transgender Texas wrestler wins second high school title amid controversy


Beggs's public criticism began when a female wrestler's father filed a lawsuit in 2017 in an attempt to prevent Beggs from competing against other girls, alleging her artificially elevated testosterone levels are unfair.

You may remember Beggs's story, a year ago he was the focus of a huge controversy regarding him wrestling in the girls' division.

Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside of Houston with an undefeated record. I can tell the state legislature to change the policy, but I can't tell them to change it right now.

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. This year only one girl refused to wrestle Beggs.

Beggs had tried to compete in the boys division but was knocked back by the State, which now says that athletes can only compete in the gender determined by their birth certificate.

Cheers and boos greeted the judges' decision but it confirmed what everybody already knew about Mack Beggs: he is by far the best in his girls' wrestling weight class in Texas. It was done to help schools determine competition, according to the UIL's deputy director Jamie Harrison. As he defeated Sanchez, boos rang out from the crowd.

NCAA, USA Wrestling, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency rules classify Beggs as male, however, because she exceeds the range of acceptable testosterone levels for females, according to Fox4 News.

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

"Embracing transgender ideology in sports requires that we embrace cheating through doping", she said. "It also shielded him [her] from possible social media attacks and the insults that are sometimes shouted out from the stands or from other competitors".

"It definitely felt different", Beggs said after his second state title win, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"It just comes down to technique and who has the most heart".

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

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

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