Two Centenary College wrestlers have been charged with allegedly assaulting a man outside a campus residence hall and have been suspended from the team, according to media reports Wednesday.
Authorities on Friday charged 22-year-old Adam Swift, of Secaucus, N.J., and 22-year-old Joseph Bartolini, of Jackson Township, N.J., in connection with the attack on the school's Hackettstown, N.J. campus. Both suspects are members of the college's wrestling team. A Centenary spokesperson said the pair was suspended from the wrestling team indefinitely pending the outcome of the criminal charges and the college's internal investigation into the incident.
Bartolini and Swift were released pending court appearances after Judge J. Edward Palmer set bail at $15,000 for each man, authorities said.
Hackettstown police said they responded to an assault call at 11:11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 near Van Winkle Hall. Officers found campus security attending to a victim bleeding from his face. The Hackettstown Rescue Squad transported the victim to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.
LehighValleyLive.com reported that Barolini and Swift beat the victim, Thomas Roselli, causing Roselli to suffer extensive injuries to the right side of his face that required reconstructive surgery, authorities said. Bartolini is also charged with simple assault after pushing Kayla Gonzalez to the ground the same day, authorities said. Media reports did not indicate whether either victim is a Centenary College student.
Centenary College issued a statement Monday on the alleged incident, saying, "The safety and well-being of our students is of utmost importance to everyone at Centenary College. As in past practice, we will provide the Hackettstown police with any requests they may have. In addition, the college has policies in place to review the incident internally."
Centenary College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,700 students. All Centenary Cyclones sports teams, including the wrestling program, compete in NCAA Division III.