Transgender Booed After Winning Girl's Wrestling Title

Transgender Booed After Winning Girl's Wrestling Title

Beggs is in the process of transitioning from female to male and taking a low-dose of testosterone.

Parents are reportedly concerned about the safety risk of their children competing with an athlete on steroids, with more than one opponent forfeiting against Beggs. An opposing coach and her teammates had insisted she wrestle Beggs, but she refused, McNew said.

Beggs also told the Morning News that he knows he's a champion and that he worked tirelessly to achieve his consecutive state titles.

"I wanted to come out on top, and in my heart-I feel like a champion", Beggs 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 has taken the criticism in stride, saying that wrestling "all comes down to technique and who has the most heart", he told WFAA, according to USA Today.

"And you're just going to tell me either to not wrestle at all or wrestle the guys?" The University Interscholastic League requires student-athletes to participate under the sex noted on their birth certificate.

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In the past, Beggs has publicly said he would love to wrestle boys-and would do so, if not for the state athletic policy. It was done to help schools determine competition, according to the UIL's deputy director Jamie Harrison. If he accepts, he would compete as a male in the NCAA. However, many voiced that he should be wrestling boys or not wrestling at all.

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

"Testosterone and anabolic steroids are in the same family and have the effect of increasing muscle mass and strength gains", Mines told CNN last February.

The 18-year-old returns to the finals facing less drama than he did last year. He now has scholarship offer to a small college, where he was promised a spot on the men's wrestling team next season. But despite Beggs' new gender and use of testosterone, the wrestler continues to wrestle as a female.

"T$3 hough across the arena, a mix of boos could be heard ..."

Beggs didn't want to be in this situation.

"Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos", Beggs contended after winning the championship past year, according to CNN. "I would rather have a chance to compete than not compete at all".

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