You’d think alleged criminals would know better than to mess with wrestlers.
A couple weeks ago, a 63-year-old former Hofstra University matman thwarted an armed street robbery in Florida. Last weekend, two members of the Oklahoma City University women’s wrestling team used their mat skills to stop a fleeing suspect in a hit-and-run accident.
Brittany Delgado, 21, and her sister Brienna, 19, were driving with their grandmother in Oklahoma City when their car collided with another vehicle. The other driver immediately fled on foot. The sisters yelled at the man to stop, then took off after him. Brienna used her skills from wrestling to take down the suspect, then secure his hands. The two OCU wrestlers then stood the man up and brought him back to the crash site, holding him until police arrived.
“He wasn’t stopping. If Brienna wouldn’t have tackled him, I’m pretty sure he would have gotten away,” Brittany Delgado told The Oklahoman.
The sisters and their grandmother suffered only bumps and bruises, but the other driver was briefly hospitalized before being officially booked, according to The Huffington Post.
Both Brittany and Brienna Delgado are expected to be starters for the Oklahoma City University Stars women’s wrestling squad this season. Brittany will be a senior; Brienna is a freshman. Brittany is a two-time WCWA (Women’s College Wrestling Association) national champ for OCU in 2010 and 2011.
Both Delgados wrestled in high school and played football on boys’ teams at Simpsonville Hillcrest High School in South Carolina; Brienna also participated on the girls’ soccer team.
OCU head wrestling coach Archie Randall was not surprised to learn of the Delgados’ action in bringing the fleeing driver to justice.
“I think it’s kind of neat. It amplifies their personalities,” he told The Oklahoman. “They’re great students. They’ve got goals to be Olympians. They’re driven, and I think that was a normal reaction for them.”
Want to know more? Listen to an audio interview with Brittany Delgado, conducted by Scott Casber of Takedown Radio. To read more about the incident, check out The Oklahoman. And, check out the home page for the Oklahoma City University women’s wrestling program.
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