Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs survives first day of state finals

Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity smiles in the closing seconds of a Class 6A girls 110-pound semifinal bout during the UIL State Wrestling Championships at the Berry Center on Saturday

No exceptions are mentioned for "transgender students" or boys or girls undergoing "transitioning" to the opposite sex. The girls he wrestles with, they are tough.

The teen is hoping to pursue a career in wrestling, with the hope of taking up an out-of-state school scholarship and competing in the NCAA and, ultimately, the Olympics, where there are rules allowing for athletes to compete as the gender they identify with.

Beggs is wrestling in the 6A Girls 110 weight class.

You may remember Beggs's story, past year he was the focus of a huge controversy regarding him wrestling in the girls' division.

Beggs was met with cheers and boos from the crowd after his win.

Beggs, an 18-year-old from Euless Trinity High, was met with a wave of cheers and boos at the end of his final match against Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch on Saturday.

"They're saying 'steroids.' They're saying, 'Oh, they're beating up on girls, ' " Beggs said, according to the News. "I've been through too much (expletive) for anyone to put me down".

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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.

"The UIL is not in the gender-determining business and schools don't want to be either", UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison told the Associated Press.

"I understand if you want to transition your gender", she said.

"But what can I tell people?"

"It sure as hell didn't stop me from doing what I wanted to do in the past, and it won't stop me from what I want to do in the future". No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what.

Although steroid use by high school athletes is prohibited, Beggs's testosterone injections are allowed.

One adult and youth counselor, Melissa Roush - also in attendance at last year's event - used the hormone argument of having an unfair advantage with the girls to try and make her case ... without mentioning the numerous problems and implications inherent with a girl competing in a boys' competition. I put too much blood, sweat and tears, I put too much B.S. into this journey that I wanted to come out on top.

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