Locals Dominate At Toughman

Photo by Kim North Shadyside’s Paige Heller lands a punch to the head of Pittsburgh’s Cassie Lee during their women’s lightweight championship bout Saturday night inside Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena. Heller won the title by unanimous decision.

WHEELING — The 38th annual Ohio Valley Toughman Contest concluded its two-day stay inside WesBanco Arena late Saturday night with six local fighters wearing home the championship jackets.

Shadyside’s Paige Heller unanimously defeated Pittsburgh’s Cassie Lee for the women’s lightheavyweight crown, while Belmont’s Kameron Chervanek won the women’s middleweight title with unanimous nod over Wheeling’s Alexis Sparks. Benwood’s Jayna Simms claimed the women’s heavyweight jacket with a unanimous decision over Paden City’s Jessica Kanneg.

In the men’s division, Bloomingdale’s Daniel Hague unanimously decisioned Kyle Mallory from Greensburg, Pa., for the lightweight title. Mingo’s Zach O’Dell won by unanimous decision over Wheeling’s Richard Violet for the middlewight jacket and Mingo’s Andrew O’Dell took out Jacobsburg’s Alexander Quinn by unanimous decision for the lightheavyweight championship.

Non-Ohio Valley winners were Pittsburgh’s Lexi Korol over Pittsburgh’s Kelley Colopietro by unanimous decision in the women’s lightheavyweight division and Minerva’s Jesse Villers by TKO over Adena’s Logan Coffman.