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Former Steelers OL, Champion Wrestler Carlton Haselrig Dies at 54

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Former Steelers offensive lineman and NCAA wrestling champion Carlton Haselrig died on Wednesday at the age of 54.


A Johnstown native, Haselrig attended Pitt-Johnstown, where he wrestled as a heavyweight and won three NCAA Division II heavyweight titles and three Division I titles, becoming the only player to win six individual NCAA titles in wrestling.

He finished his wrestling career with a 143-2-1 collegiate record, going 15-0 against Division I opponents.

Haselrig was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 12th Round in 1989. He started on defensive line, but moved offensive line in 1990 and took to it quickly. He became a starter at guard and earned Pro Bowl recognition in his fourth season in 1992.

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Haselrig left the Steelers after the 1993 season. He played one more season with the New York Jets before retiring from the NFL.

After his retirement, Haselrig returned to Johnstown. He took up mixed martial arts, where he had a 3-2 professional record, and also coached and trained players for football, mixed martial arts and wrestling.

Haselrig is a member of the Pitt-Johnstown Hall of Fame and was selected to the NCAA 75th Anniversary Wrestling Team.

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