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01 March 2018, 09:02 | Audrey Hill
Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs is booed after second straight state title win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The crux of the conflict-in addition to the stigma and bigotry that transgender people face throughout the world, and often specifically in athletics―is that Beggs has now twice won wrestling championships competing against high school girls, despite identifying as male and reportedly taking a low dose of testosterone to facilitate his transition.
Beggs entered the state tournament with a 32-0 record, beating three female wrestlers on his way to the championship.
Beggs, who competes on behalf of Euless Trinity High School, said this year and last that he only wanted to wrestle the boys, but the law wouldn't let him. It was done to help schools determine competition, according to the UIL's deputy director Jamie Harrison.
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.
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. This year only one girl refused to wrestle Beggs. "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".
Fans had mix reactions, and a loud chorus of boos could be heard when Beggs was named the state champion. 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 goal".
The solitude allowed him to concentrate on the task ahead and perhaps shield him from attacks on social media and occasional insults from the stands - or even other wrestling mats - during meets. "I felt a lot more humble".
Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs has won his second title match.
Beggs' road to the championship last season included two forfeits in the regional tournament by wrestlers who feared injury. This year I wanted to prove a point that anyone can do anything.
In the past, Beggs has publicly said he would love to wrestle boys-and would do so, if not for the state athletic policy.
"Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos", Beggs contended after winning the championship previous year, according to CNN.
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