Texas transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second straight title, draws mixed reactions

Posted March 01, 2018

Whether it's a male insisting he's a female or a female taking male hormones to look and perform more like a male, the controversy over transgenders in sports appears to be dying down - similar to the waning shock factor over same-sex "marriage" - as protests against Beggs' drug-enhanced performance continue to become deemed more and more as politically incorrect and "gender-insensitive".

Reigning Texas High School State Wrestling Champion, Mack Beggs is back in Houston to defend his title this weekend.

"Beggs is a girl wrestler doping testosterone", she said.

"They're saying 'steroids.' They're saying, 'Oh, they're beating up on girls, ' " Beggs said, according to the News. "No matter who you put in front of me, I am a champion".

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

Beggs had asked to compete in the boys division, but Texas high school rules require individuals to compete under the gender on their birth certificate. "She said that allowed him [her] to focus on the competition. 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".

A high school girl using steroids to help her transition to "male" has won her second girls' wrestling tournament.

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

"Last season, two of Beggs' competitors forfeited their meets because they feared being injured", Webster noted. Beggs is 34-0 this season and Fitts is 52-0. Though the UIL has said publicly that it has never received an official request from Beggs or his school asking to wrestle boys.

Beggs was born a girl. "If you're going to talk down to someone that just wants to pursue a wresting dream, to pursue any dream in general, who are you to as a person to talk down to an 18-year-old that wants to succeed in life but can't do anything about it right now?" He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season.

A wrestling parent filed a lawsuit a year ago to block Beggs from wrestling girls, but the suit it was dismissed. "I would rather have a chance to compete than not compete at all".