Mack Beggs may finally get the opportunity he's always wanted: a chance to wrestle with the boys.
He's just going to have to wait a little bit longer.
UIL rules state that participants must compete against the gender that appears on their birth certificate. And because Beggs was identified as a girl at birth, he has not been allowed to compete against the boys, despite identifying as a male.
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But in an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Mack (who was born as a girl named Mackenzie) said that he has received a non-Division I scholarship offer. Although, he did not name the school.
"Boys wrestling is hard. It’s really, really hard," Beggs told the Morning News. "But I’ll do it. If it means wrestling with the guys, I’ll do it. It doesn’t invalidate how I wrestle and how my technique is. If I get beat, I get beat.”
Going into this weekend's Class 6A Region II tournament in Allen, Beggs is once again undefeated (29-0) and will attempt to defend his state title in the girls' 110-pound weight class.