Much can be said about the controversy attached to Mack Beggs – a transgender teen who won the girls 110 pound championship last year. Beggs was a junior at the time of title win and is also taking testosterone while transitioning from female to male.
Video shared online shows a mix of reactions as Beggs pins for the victory in semi finals:
“He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles,” said Beggs’ mother, Angela McNew to Guardian. “People think Mack has been beating up on girls … The girls he wrestles with, they are tough. It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength.”
Back in February 2017 UFC commentator Joe Rogan was bewildered by the case of transgender boy Mack Beggs who had won a State Girls wrestling title. At the time Rogan wrote:
“People lose minds about anything gender related, but this is a biological female taking st*roids competing against girls.
I feel for this person and I understand the state won’t let her transitioning to him compete against boys but this is f*cked for the girls.
To tolerate a biological girl taking t*stosterone and competing against girls who aren’t is completely insane.
Wrestling is a combat sport and taking t*stosterone competing against girls who aren’t taking it is completely unfair and dangerous.
For the record I think it’s absolutely fair for this girl transitioning to a boy to wrestle boys as there’s no unfair advantage there.”
However the science also suggested that after a man transitioning starts taking estrogen his bones actually get more dense.