Westport wrestling coach arrested for bar fight

Fairfield man who coaches wrestling at a Westport High School arrested for bar fight

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Fairfield man who coaches wrestling at Staples High School in Westport was arrested over the weekend after police say he got in a fight outside of a downtown bar.

Police say the coach, 27-year-old David Bernstein, of Henderson Road, and 21-year-old Thomas Bajda of Prospect Drive in Stratford, were spotted by an off-duty officer on the ground, fighting, in front of Anna Liffey’s on Post Road. It happened just after midnight on Saturday.

According to officials, the men had been arguing inside the bar and were asked to leave, and once they got outside, the fight turned physical. Officials did not say what the argument was about.

Both Bernstein and Bajda are both facing charges of breach of peace. Bernstein was released after posting a $500 bond related to an outstanding arrest warrant issued by Bridgeport police on motor vehicle charges.

Bajda was released on a promise to appear in court and was taken to Bridgeport Hospital for injuries to his face.

Neither Staples Principal John Dodig, nor Athletic Director Mary Lisevick immediately return phone calls seeking comment on Bernstein’s coaching status.

Bernstein recently began his third season as the Westport school’s wrestling coach. He is a 2005 graduate of Fairfield Prep and he wrestled at Bucknell University. Bernstein was hired at Staples in 2012.

Both Bernstein and Bajda will face a judge on January 13 at Superior Court in Bridgeport.

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