Oklahoma City University wrestling sisters use their moves to subdue driver after car crash

Brittany and Brienna Delgado are wrestlers for Oklahoma City University. They used wrestling moves Saturday to detain a driver after a traffic accident in Oklahoma City.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: August 22, 2011
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Sisters Brittany and Brienna Delgado began their wrestling training a little early this year when they chased down a suspected hit-and-run driver Saturday and used wrestling moves to hold him until police arrived.

“We do several moves where you stop your opponents,” said Brittany Delgado. “My sister and I are very proficient wrestlers and also played football in high school, so we know about tackling.”

Brittany Delgado, 21, is going to be a senior and starter for the women's wrestling team at Oklahoma City University. Brienna Delgado, 19, is an incoming freshman and will also start for the team.

Coach Archie Randall said both are recruits from South Carolina.

Car crash

The two were spending the last school-free weekend with their grandmother and were driving when they collided with another car Saturday at N Pennsylvania and NW 26.

The girls got out of the car and were helping their grandmother out when they saw the driver of other vehicle fleeing on foot.

Brienna Delgado said she started yelling and then took off running after him. Her sister followed.

“When I was chasing him I was still yelling, ‘You need to come back,'” she said. “I wasn't wearing the proper footwear. I got a little road rash when I tackled him.”

She said the man landed with his hands beneath him and she used wrestling moves to bring his hands behind his back. During the scuffle, she said she realized the man might have a gun or knife, so she quickly tried to secure his hands.

Brittany Delgado helped her sister stand the man up and bring him back to the cars.

“He wasn't stopping. If Brienna wouldn't have tackled him, I'm pretty sure he would have gotten away,” Brittany Delgado said.

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