Carlton Haselrig

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Carlton Haselrig
No. 77, 63
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1966-01-22) January 22, 1966 (age 52)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
College: Pitt-Johnstown
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 12 / Pick: 312
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played: 68
Games Started: 47
Carlton Haselrig
High school Greater Johnstown High School
State championships One
College Pitt–Johnstown
NCAA championships Six
Status Retired

Carlton Haselrig (born January 22, 1966) is a former heavyweight wrestler and NFL player. Haselrig wrestled for University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He is the only person to win six NCAA titles in wrestling, three times in Division II and three times in Division I, all six for Pitt–Johnstown.[1] Haselrig then moved on to professional football, where he played five seasons in the NFL. In 2008, he made his mixed martial arts debut in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Haselrig won PIAA Pennsylvania state high school championship in 1984 despite not wrestling during the regular season due to Johnstown High's lack of a wrestling team.[2]

Haselrig won a junior world Greco-Roman title in 1985, and a junior world Freestyle title in 1986, while competing for the United States.

While in college Haselrig would defeat future NCAA and Olympic champion Kurt Angle.[3] In 2009, he was inducted into Pitt–Johnstown's Athletics Hall of Fame.[4]


After a brief run in wrestling on the international level, Haselrig turned his attention to pro football. Despite never having played football in college,[5] Haselrig was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and became a Pro Bowl offensive guard in his third NFL season.[6] 1992 was his best season in the NFL, making the 1992 Pro Bowl, while helping the Steelers win the 1992 AFC Central Division title. He also helped the Steelers to three AFC playoff appearances (1989, 1992, 1993). After four years with the Steelers, Haselrig spent one season with the New York Jets before retiring from the NFL.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Haselrig made his professional MMA debut on April 19, 2008 for Battle Cage Xtreme IV in Atlantic City against IFL veteran Shane Ott. He defeated Shane Ott by a technical knockout at 4:09 in the first round. Haselrig defeated Carlos Moreno on May 31, 2008 during the undercard of EliteXC's first-ever CBS telecast. He displayed his superior wrestling skills during the first round keeping Carlos on the mat. Carlos did not return to the ring for the second round. His final record in MMA was 3-2 before retiring.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 3–2 Shawn Jordan TKO (punches) UCFC – Rumble on the Rivers June 27, 2009 1 N/A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 3–1 Chris Larkin TKO (punches) IWFC – Iron Will Fighting Championship 1 May 6, 2009 1 3:18 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 2–1 Joe Abouata Submission (rear naked choke) BCX 5 – Battle Cage Xtreme 5 July 12, 2008 2 4:10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Carlos Moreno TKO (strikes) EliteXC: Primetime May 31, 2008 1 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Shane Ott TKO (strikes) Battle Cage Xtreme 4 April 19, 2008 1 4:09 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States


  1. ^ "Carlton Haselrig". National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved March 23, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Emert, Rich (February 20, 1985). "Electricity sparked Huckenstein's college decision". Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "NCAA Connect". Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ "UPJ inducts 6 into Hall of Fame". The Tribune-Democrat. Johnstown, Pennsylvania: Community Newspaper Holdings. April 5, 2009. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Mihoces, Gary (April 20, 2005). "NFL seeks best players on the court or mat". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Carlton Haselrig NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Retrieved March 23, 2010. 

Carlton now has his own day. Jan 19, is now Carlton Haselrig day in Johnstown PA.

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