Transgender boy wins girls' state wrestling title for second consecutive year

Transgender boy wins girls' state wrestling title for second consecutive year

"Even though I was put in this position, even though I didn't want to be put in this position, even though I wanted to wrestle the guys, I still had to wrestle the girls".

Parents WFAA spoke with all seem to support Beggs' choice to be transgender, however many voiced that he should be wrestling boys or not wrestling at all.

The teen came under scrutiny past year when a parent tried to stop him from wrestling in the female division by filing a lawsuit arguing that Beggs' use of testosterone during his transition gave him a competitive advantage, USA Today reported. But absent a change to the policies, his only option to continue his wrestling career was to compete against girls instead, a fact which he discussed with the Dallas Morning News. "They're saying, 'steroids.' They're saying, 'Oh, they're beating up on girls, '" he said.

"People don't realize that what happened during state, that was really, honestly, nothing", Beggs said. Beggs faced only one forfeit this season.

"The strength definitely was the difference", she said, according to the Morning News.

Because of a state athletic policy, high school student-athletes must compete as the gender that's on their birth certificate.

However, he is legally required to compete as the gender on his birth certificate. "I've been through too much (expletive) for anyone to put me down". This year I wanted to prove a point that anyone can do anything.

"It just comes down to technique and who has the most heart".

"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.

Emory University Department of Orthopedics assistant professor, Dr. Brandon Mines, agreed with several other parents at the match, maintaining that Beggs should compete with boys instead of girls. It states that the state's high school athletics organization, the University Interscholastic League, can "declare a student ineligible for competition on the basis of steroid use" even if the student is taking the substances for "a valid medical objective". The use of anabolic steroids (including testosterone), and erythropoietin or blood, confers an unfair athletic advantage to both men and women. "I've worked too hard for that".

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