The transgender teenager from the Dallas suburb of Euless has been transitioning from girl to boy for several years. "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". However, he is legally required to compete as the gender on his birth certificate.
Beggs is wrestling in the 6A Girls 110 weight class.
Last year Beggs was the subject of a lawsuit surrounding his decision to continue to fight in female competitions, and it seems that the situation he is being placed in is unfair on both him and his competitors.
Before falling to Beggs in the semifinals, Cypress Ranch High School's Kayla Fits, actually told the Dallas Morning News that she was going to take his title. No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what.
According to his grandmother, Beggs competed in male wrestling meet in Irving last summer and finished fourth.
UIL has said publicly they never received an official request from Beggs asking to wrestle boys instead of girls.
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"They're saying 'steroids.' They're saying, 'Oh, they're beating up on girls, ' " Beggs said, according to the News.
Many in the crowd booed, however, when the steroid-pumped girl defeated her opponent in the last bout in about 10 seconds and was declared state champion.
Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. It just comes down to technique, who has the most heart.
Texas public high school policy dictates that students must compete under the gender that they were defined as at birequestedAs part of his transition, Beggs has started a low-dose of testosterone.
"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. Beggs is 34-0 this season and Fitts is 52-0.
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!
"Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos", Beggs contended after winning the championship past year, according to CNN.