Texas transgender wrestler competes in state tournament

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Last season, Beggs also defeated Sanchez, 12-1, in the girls Class 6A championship past year.

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

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. 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. "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".

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.

"The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League - the governing body for Texas high school sports", Fox News reported. An opposing coach and her teammates had insisted she wrestle Beggs, but she refused, McNew said.

"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", Beggs said.

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

Beggs does not view his testosterone injections as an unfair advantage. "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". No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what.

Beggs, who was born female as Mackenzie, identifies as a male.

The high school senior has been in this situation before.

Here are two angles of Beggs' victory in the championship bout.

The U.S. military already understands that, on average, men are physically stronger and have more endurance than women, more a fact of nature than discrimination, but 18-year-old senior Mack Beggs is proving that women jacked on steroids are also stronger than women who aren't. It states that the state's high school athletics organization, the University Interscholastic League, can "declare a student ineligible for competition on the basis of steroid use" even if the student is taking the substances for "a valid medical objective". "I would rather have a chance to compete than not compete at all".

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