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Transgender athlete Mack Beggs wins Texas state girls wrestling title

27 February 2017

Mack Beggs, 17, who is transitioning from female to male, had wanted to compete against other boys in the Texas state championship. Beggs' win isn't what has people buzzing, though.

Many believe the testosterone Beggs is taking as he makes the transition from female to male gives him an unfair advantage in wrestling matches against girls, and the way he dominated the division this season supports that notion.

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Beggs competing with girls is, of course, a controversial issue.

He wants to compete against other boys, but is willing to follow the rules. Ironically, though, the state won't allow it. Texas rules provide that an athlete must be classified according to his/her biological gender, probably to avert the very scenario Carlson imagined of boys identifying as girls in order to compete against physically inferior opponents.

"Look at how beefed up she is", Overstreet said to the AP. "It's never going to be equal". "We just want to wrestle", he said.

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Beggs' victory-even his participation-has been a lightning rod in the ongoing debate on the rights of transgender students. "It's in the ether everywhere", he said on condition of anonymity. "I couldn't have asked for a better school". Phone calls to Beggs' grandmother and guardian, Nancy Beggs, rang unanswered and no one answered the door Wednesday at an address listed for her. "The other girls in the bracket don't have that choice".

Jamey Harrison, deputy director of the University Interscholastic League, which oversees Texas high school athletics, said no athlete requested to change divisions this season, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN).

His absolute dominance in the female league has prompted some backlash in the Dallas community - Attorney Jim Baudhuin unsuccessfully sought an injunction prior to the district and regional meets to stop Beggs from wrestling during his transition.

Earlier this week, President Trump announced that his administration will be reversing President Obama's controversial bathroom bill executive order.

In the semifinals, the match was halted for a couple of minutes because Beggs had a bloody nose.