Critics are up in arms over a transgender wrestler’s undefeated season due to the fact that he’s only allowed to wrestle girls.
Mack Beggs, who has been transitioning into a male and taking testosterone for more than a year, won the state championship match of the girl’s 110-pound weight class.
According to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, parents aren’t thrilled by the Texas teen’s stellar 55-0 season, calling him a “cheater” for playing in the girls’ tournament while so “beefed up.”
Girls in the tournament have forfeited rather than face the 17-year-old on the mat, and the controversy reached a peak when Mack clinched the championship on Saturday.
While some people are upset that the trans teen is competing with girls, everyone seems to agree the situation isn’t the Trinity High School student’s fault — as he says he’d rather wrestle against boys.
But due to state league rules, athletes are required to compete per the gender listed on their birth certificates.
Parents are especially upset by the league permitting Mack to use testosterone as a “valid medical use,” claiming the treatments give him an unfair edge.
Jim Baudhuin, a parent who tried to keep the wrestler from the girls’ tournament, says he doesn’t blame Mack for the situation, saying he was “forced into that position.”
Though parents may be upset, not every girl in the league is intimidated to face off against Mack.
Destiny Dominguez, a 102-pound state champ said “there was really no difference” in Beggs this year compared to previous years. She explained:
“It’s nothing strength-wise as a wrestler. It’s not how strong you are. It’s your mentality, how you wrestle.”
As for Mack, he thinks the attention should be on how hard his team worked through this tournament, saying in a statement:
“I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my teammates. That’s honestly what the spotlight should’ve been on, my teammates. The hard work that I put in the practice room with them beside me, we trained hard every single day. Every single day. That’s what the spotlight should’ve been on.”
Hopefully league rules become more flexible to allow trans teens to face off against who they want to. Until then, those girls better watch out for the Mack Attack.
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