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Transgender athlete competing in wrestling state finals in Cypress

Beggs has said he'd rather compete against boys, but because his birth certificate says he's a female, he has no choice but to wrestle in the girl's tournament.

Mack Beggs, 17, was born female but has been undergoing a testosterone treatment for more than a year and now has the muscle mass of a similarly-aged male, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Several parents complained that Beggs was too strong to compete against girls, while others expressed sympathy for him.

The University Interscholastic League, which governs school sports in Texas, said that the state's education code allows the use of a banned drug such as steroids if it "is prescribed by a medical practitioner for a valid medical objective".

His grandmother and guardian Nancy Beggs wasn't as diplomatic during a previous regional match after a girl forfeited, and added: 'Today was not about their students winning. "It's because she's taking [a testosterone] enhancement". But a year ago, school superintendents voted to use the gender listed on birth certificates for student athletes.

A lawyer for Rocha's school district had filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the UIL in an attempt to have Beggs suspended for steroid use.

The father of another wrestler, who is also an attorney, unsuccessfully sought an injunction to prevent Beggs from competing while he is receiving testosterone treatments.

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Beggs came out of a far entrance onto the floor before his first match of the day and jogged across mats to wrestle.

"We're following what our legislative council wants us to follow and certainly the overwhelming majority of our school membership wants us to follow", Harrison said.

"These kids don't care who you put in front of them to wrestle", Beggs wrote. "She's being forced into that position". To me, this is a complete abject failure of leadership and accountability from the people who regulate sports in Texas.

Beggs was surrounded by the girls he'd worked so hard with all season when he finally broke his silence Saturday night after the team finish second in Class 6A - the largest division in Texas.

A transgender high school student from the Dallas area has made it to the wrestling state finals.

"It's not fair for Mack, because he's not getting true competition or true experience".

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