An alleged hit-and-run driver proved to be no match for a pair of wrestling sisters who used their grappling skills to score a roadside takedown.
Brittany and Brienna Delgado, members of the Oklahoma City University wrestling team, then held the suspect with wrestling techniques until police arrived.
“My sister and I are very proficient wrestlers and also played football in high school, so we know about tackling,” Brittany Delgado (right) told The Oklahoman.
The sisters were driving with their grandmother Saturday night when there was a collision with another car. The other driver got out of his car and started running away. Both Delgados pursued him with Brienna in the lead.
“When I was chasing him I was still yelling, ‘You need to come back,’” Brienna told The Oklahoman. “I wasn’t wearing the proper footwear. I got a little road rash when I tackled him.”
Brienna said the man had his hands beneath him when she tackled him. Then, in case he had a weapon, she concentrated on securing his hands and brought them behind his back with a wrestling move (hammerlock or chicken wing, depending on your terminology or interpretation).
“If Brienna wouldn’t have tackled him, I’m pretty sure he would have gotten away,” Brittany told The Oklahoman.
The sisters are originally from South Carolina. Brittany, a senior, began wrestling when she was 3 and is a two-time national champion in the Women’s College Wrestling Association. Brienna will be a freshman this year.
“They’re typical young women wrestlers,” Oklahoma City coach Archie Randall told The Oklahoman.
“They’re very aggressive and determined with what they’re going to do.”
He also said the Delgados are shooting for the Olympics, which introduced women’s wrestling as an official sport in 2004.