By Victor Ochieng
Because Texas’ University of Interscholastic League rules demand that all athletes compete under the gender indicated on their birth certificate, Mack Beggs scooped the Texas Girls Wrestling title twice in a row.
The story of Beggs has been in the headlines for some time now. While she’s fighting against girls, Beggs considers herself a boy and has always expressed an interest in wrestling against male competitors. But that’s not the main reason why her news has been grabbing headlines. The fact that she’s living as a boy and using testosterone therapy is what has been raising eyebrows, especially because these are performance-enhancing drugs.
Yes, those very supplements saw Russian athletes punished during the Olympic Winter Games and some believe they may have helped Beggs win the competition.
Last year, Jim Baudhuin, father of a wrestler, filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Beggs from competing against girls while undergoing the testosterone therapy, making the argument that allowing Beggs to compete means allowing some athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs while barring others.
“Mack shouldn’t have been wrestling against the girls any more than the East German women shouldn’t have been showing up at competitions with chest hair and deep voices,” Mr. Baudhuin said. “It’s doping. If you’re one of the other athletes, you don’t care why she’s taking it. The physiological effects on the body aren’t any different whether you’re taking it to transition or taking it to dope.”
In the latest competition, Beggs, a senior at Euless Trinity High School, formerly known as Mackenzie, managed to beat Chelsea Sanchez of Morton Ranch High School this past Saturday to clinch the 6A 110-pound title for the second consecutive year.
Despite the complaints against her, her mother Angela McNew, dismissed the talk that her Beggs was “beating up girls.”
“The girls he wrestles with, they are tough,” Ms. McNew said while speaking to the Dallas Morning News. “It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength.”
However, commenting on her loss to Beggs, Kayla Fitts, a senior at Cypress Ranch High School who boasted of 52 wins with no losses before meeting Beggs, said Beggs’ win against her on Saturday had everything to do with her ‘drugs’ strength.
She made it clear it wasn’t fair to have her wrestle Beggs.
“I understand if you want to transition your gender,” Kayla told the Dallas Morning News. “I understand that totally. But there’s a time and a place. You can do that after high school. Or if you want to do it, you can quit the sport. Because I don’t think it’s fair at all that you’re taking testosterone. That’s steroids. I know it’s not a lot. But still.”
With the courts having given her the green light to compete against girls, we can’t do much but congratulate her for her latest win.