Mack Beggs: Transgender Wrestler Booed After 2nd State Title Win

Mack Beggs right shakes hands with Morton Ranch's Chelsea Sanchez before competing in the girls Class 6A 110-pound title bout during the UIL state wrestling championships Saturday

When he won the state title Saturday, the boos were overtaken by cheers, not that he lets the reception he receives affect him.

Mack Beggs is a high school senior at Euless Trinity High School in Texas, and he just won his second straight state title-in the girls' 6A 110-pound division.

Beggs was met with cheers and boos from the crowd after his win.

However, it appears that Beggs would like to jump from one controversy into another - competing as a boy instead of as a girl. Their requests have been denied because "Texas public high schools require athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate", according to reports.

Beggs attracted controversy a year ago, after a parent of a female competitor filed a suit to stop Beggs from wrestling as a girl.

In the past, Beggs has publicly said he would love to wrestle boys-and would do so, if not for the state athletic policy.

Speaking the fierce opposition he faces because of gender identity, Begg said he just wanted to focus on his sport.

"It definitely felt different", Beggs told the Dallas Morning News.

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"I understand if you want to transition your gender", said Cypress Ranch wrestler Kayla Fitts, who went 52-0 this season before falling to Beggs in the semifinals.

"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".

"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", Beggs' mother, Angela McNew, told AP. He receives low-level testosterone injections and wants to wrestle against boys.

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

The wrestling champion's treatments have so far given her a mustache and a deep, male-sounding voice.

Beggs was born a girl.

"Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos", Beggs contended after winning the championship past year, according to CNN.

There was plenty of outrage on social media over the unfair advantage Beggs has over the competition, and over the effect transgenders are having on women's sports. He is allowed to take the testosterone, even though State and UIL rules prohibit their use by high school athletes, because they are "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical objective". "This is what I worked for".

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