149 Entered For Toughman Fights

WHEELING – One-hundred forty-nine area men and women have been accepted to compete in the 30th Annual Budweiser Original Toughman Contest, which be held Friday and Saturday nights March 12th & 13th at Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena. The event is being promoted by Jerry Thomas’ West Virginia Sports Promotions, Inc.

Advance ticket sales have been very strong, however good seats are still available and are on sale at the WesBanco Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or to charge by phone, call 304-233-4470. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission seats and $20 reserved seats.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the excitement will begin at 7:30 .p.m, both nights with the presentation of the colors by the United States Marine Corps color guard and singing of the national anthem by Brandie Morris and Royel Kimons.

Saturday night’s feature bout is a women’s kickboxing match between Monica “Fighting Ring Girl” Gray, of Wheeling and Kayla “Honey Bee” Varney, of Moundsville.

Gray and Varney are both former two-time Toughwoman champions.

Also of note among the entrants is former Brooke High School quarterback Cotey Wallace, who will be fighting on the 30-year anniversary of his father becoming the first Toughman winner in Wheeling.

The event is sanctioned and will be supervised by the West Virginia State Athletic Commission. It is also sanctioned by API, the originators and international promoters of the Original Toughman Contest.