Girl on steroids transitioning to 'male' wins second straight girls' wrestling tournament

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 at the Berry Center on Saturday

18-year-old senior Mack Beggs from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas wins Texas girls' Class 6A 110-pound division for second year in a row. First off, well done!

The reason for these boos has a lot to do with the low dose of testosterone that Beggs is taking as part of his steroid therapy treatment, which many feel give him an unfair advantage over his female counterparts. But absent a change to the policies, his only option to continue his wrestling career was to compete against girls instead, a fact which he discussed with the Dallas Morning News.

"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".

And in 2016, the UIL also decided that student-athletes in high school must compete as the gender that's on their birth certificate.

"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", his mother Angela McNew said.

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 wanted to wrestle in the boys' division, but Texas public high schools require athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate, The Post reported.

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

"But what can I tell people? 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".

It was done to help schools determine competition, said Jamie Harrison, the UIL's deputy director.

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.

Kayla Fitts, one of Beggs' opponents during the weekend tournament, told the News she didn't think wrestling Beggs was fair.

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

You can do that after high school. He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season.

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