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A 17-year-old-Texas female wrestler who is transitioning into becoming a male has raised controversy as she pummeled other females to win the state championship.

Mack Beggs defeated Chelsea Sanchez in the 110 lb division to cap a 56 – 0 season to claim the championship, ESPN reported.

But Beggs is on testosterone in an attempt to defy nature and pretend to be a male, and many believe that gave her an unfair advantage.

“She’s standing there holding her head high like she’s the winner,” Patti Overstreet, the mother of a male wrestler, told the Independent. “She’s not winning. She’s cheating.”

“It’s not equal,” Overstreet said. “It’s never going to be equal.”

Some blamed the University Interscholastic League that is in charge of high school sports in the state. Beggs asked to be allowed to compete with the boys but that request was denied by the UIL, which forced her to compete against girls.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo went off on conservative commentator Ben Ferguson who said,  “to say we have to change the entire way sports is done because of one person and their decision to do something is unrealistic.”

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“The 16 girls who are in [Beggs’s] bracket have been put in a very, very unfair situation because of the grownups,” attorney James Baudhuin, who is the father of a girl Beggs face suing the UIL on because of Beggs’ participation, said. “To me, this is a complete abject failure of leadership and accountability from the people who regulate sports in Texas. They’re doing wrong by Mack, and not just these 15 girls but all the other girls she wrestled all year.”

“You’ve got a kid who’s either going to quit the sport entirely or she has got to wrestle against girls, which she doesn’t want to do,” Baudhuin said. “She’s in a no-win situation.”

As Beggs won the championship a mix of boos and cheers rained on him from the crowd.

“I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my teammates. That’s honestly what the spotlight should be on, is my teammates,” the 17-year-old said. “The hard work that I put in the practice room with them beside me, we trained every single day, EVERY single day, and that’s what the spotlight should be been on, not me.

“Hard work pays off,” she said.

That and a heavy dose of testosterone.

Many on social media were outraged and what they deemed to be an unfair advantage.

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Carmine Sabia

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