Mack Beggs a 17-year-old wrestler who was born female and is currently transitioning to male won a Texas state title in girls wrestling.
The victory was controversial in part because Mack Beggs a junior at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, is taking testosterone as he transitions from female to male, which some claimed gave him an unfair advantage and led to so much jeers from the crowd.
“She’s standing there holding her head high like she’s the winner. She’s not winning. She’s cheating,” said Patti Overstreet, the mother of another wrestler, according to the Washington Post. “It’s not equal. It’s never going to be equal.”
Beggs would have rather competed against boys, but a state policy meant his division was determined by the gender on his birth certificate. That policy was enacted last year by the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which oversees Texas high school sports.
The father of another wrestler, who is also an attorney, unsuccessfully sought an injunction to prevent Beggs from competing while he is receiving testosterone treatments. Several parents complained that Beggs was too strong to compete against girls, while others expressed sympathy for him.
Mack Beggs finished with a 56-0 record and had a dominant performance in the final. Beggs said after winning the wrestling: “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my teammates. That’s honestly what the spotlight should be on, is my teammates,” he said after receiving his medal. “The hard work that I put in the practice room with them beside me, we trained every single day, every single day, and that’s what the spotlight should be been on, not me.”