No exceptions are mentioned for "transgender students" or boys or girls undergoing "transitioning" to the opposite sex. Beggs's public criticism began when a female wrestler's father filed a lawsuit in 2017 in an attempt to prevent Beggs from competing against other girls, alleging her artificially elevated testosterone levels are unfair. However, he is legally required to compete as the gender on his birth certificate.
Beggs successfully won the state championship for the second straight year on Saturday, but when he was declared the victor, he was met with a hail of boos from numerous spectators in attendance.
Beggs also told the Morning News that he knows he's a champion and that he worked tirelessly to achieve his consecutive state titles.More news: Mack Beggs: Transgender Wrestler Booed After 2nd State Title Win
"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. He beat Chelsea Sanchez - who he beat for the title in 2017 - in the final match Saturday.
"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", said Beggs' mother, Angela McNew. It just comes down to technique, who has the most heart. "People think Mack has been beating up on girls".
After the video appeared online, fans have come to support Beggs via the medium of Twitter.
Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports.More news: CPAC Straw Poll Finds 93 Percent Support for Donald Trump
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.
It was done to help schools determine competition, said Jamie Harrison, the UIL's deputy director. An opposing coach and her teammates had insisted she wrestle Beggs, but she refused, McNew said.
Texas has a new two-time high school wrestling champion.
Although Beggs and his family have stated repeatedly that he would like to wrestle boys, the law does not yet allow it. Lets hope for a progressive change!More news: Berkshire Hathaway says tax law gives it $29B boost in 4Q