Mack Beggs, the transgender boy who made national news winning the Texas girls championship last season can now wrestle boys during the summer. But due to the newly passed Texas rules, he will still have to wrestle girls at high school matches.
The updated national amateur policy spotlights the absurdity of the antiquated transphobic Texas wrestling rules.
Beggs has put off taking full testosterone doses so his hormone levels fall within the required parameters set by rules adopted in 2016 by the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL). Beggs cleared the air after his championship win saying he moderated his testosterone intake voluntarily since he had to wrestle girls he needed to do it fairly.
National wrestling rules change
Tony Black with USA Wrestling, which operates under the U.S. Olympic Committee, told News 8 on Thursday the policy was adopted ahead of its season that begins in March.
“I would say a changing culture and ensuring that we’re in line with the International Olympic Committee recommendations on this exact matter,” Black said.
The governing body for amateur wrestling adopted the policy at its executive committee meeting on March 14.
The policy states anyone transitioning from female to male “shall only be eligible to compete in the male category without restriction.” The athlete need only “declared that his gender identity is male.”
Hypothetically, Mack Beggs could finish a match with a girl and start another hosted by USA Wrestling a mat over with a boy.