The saga of four-time New Jersey high school state wrestling champion Andrew Campolattano took another turn Tuesday when he had a charge of felony drug trafficking dismissed in Franklin County Municipal Court in Ohio.
Campolattano, a 2011 graduate of Bound Brook High who went on to wrestle at Ohio State University, was issued a ticket on March 13 relating to a campus roundup announced last month.
Campolattano, 21, had been ticketed with trying to sell 15 oxycodone tablets for $410, according to court records. The complaint was part of an Ohio State roundup that included 25 undercover narcotics buys and the purchase of an assault rifle.
Since the incident, Campolattano has left the wrestling team, taken a leave of absence from Ohio State and moved to Orlando to stay with his older brother, Michael Campolattano.
With the case now dismissed, Michael Campolattano said the family is focused on getting his brother back on track.
“My whole family is happy that we can move forward,” said Michael Campolattano, speaking on behalf of the family. “We believe in him and we stand by him and we want to focus on his education and getting him playing sports again.”
Michael Campolattano said he expects his brother to continue living in Florida while he looks to play football or wrestle at a local college there.
Rated in high school as a three-star linebacker recruit by Scout.com, Andrew Campolattano verbally committed to play football at Rutgers in April 2010 before changing his mind and going back to wrestling in January 2011.
As a wrestler at Bound Brook, Campolattano became only the second grappler in state history to win four state championships. He went 175-1 in four seasons and was one of the most highly touted wrestling prospects ever to come out of New Jersey.