Mack Beggs

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Mack Beggs
Born Mackenzie Beggs[1]
(1999-04-06) April 6, 1999 (age 19)
Nationality American
Education Euless Trinity High School, Life University
Occupation Wrestler, transgender rights activist
Years active 2014–present
Known for Winning the Texas state girls' wrestling championship twice, transgender rights activism

Mack Beggs is an American trans male high school wrestler from Euless, Texas. Although he wanted to compete in the boys' wrestling league, state athletic rules only allowed him to compete in the league for the gender he was assigned at birth. In 2017, he defeated Chelsea Sanchez in the girls' league to win the Texas girls' 110-lb championship.[2]

Wrestling[edit]

High school career[edit]

Before beginning his transition in 2015, Beggs competed on his school's girls' wrestling team, and made it to the state tournament twice.[2] En route to the state championships in 2017, two of his opponents forfeited due to pressure from their parents, though both girls stated that they did not want to do so.[3] He ended the 2017 season with a 57-0 record, winning the 110-pound weight class in the girls' division.[4]

In 2018, he was the best in the girls' division with a 32-0 record - although he preferred to compete in the boys' division.[5][6]

College career[edit]

In 2018, it was revealed that Beggs had received a scholarship offer to wrestle at the collegiate level in the men's division in a NAIA school.[7] On his Instagram, Beggs announced that he would wrestle for Life University.[8]

Activism[edit]

Beggs has called on state legislators to alter University Interscholastic League regulations that require athletes to compete under their gender assigned at birth.[3] Despite widespread allegations that his transition-related increased testosterone levels give him an unfair advantage against female wrestlers, he is currently competing against females. Beggs has also stated that the debate over legislature like Senate Bill 6 has increased his drive to publicly stand up for the rights of transgender youth.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boren, Cindy (25 February 2018). "Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second Texas state girls' championship". The Washington Post. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity wins Texas state girls wrestling title". espnW. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  3. ^ a b "Transgender wrestler: Negativity won't faze me". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  4. ^ a b "Transgender wrestler reluctantly thrust into spotlight". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  5. ^ "Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs is booed after second straight state title win". star-telegram. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  6. ^ "Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs booed after winning state title". USA TODAY High School Sports. 2018-02-25. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  7. ^ Brad Townsend (2018-02-22). "Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs one year later: Difficulty, defiance and new UIL drama". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  8. ^ "Mack Beggs - Instagram". Instagram. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.