The only sport that matters to Calaveras High School senior Elliot Houghten is wrestling. As far as Houghten is concerned, there’s wrestling season and then training for wrestling season.
Houghten made the most of his senior year, as he advanced all the way to the CIF State Finals for the second year in a row. He finished with an overall record of 42-5 while wrestling in the 195-pound division. He took first in both the Mother Lode League and the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Finals and placed third at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament.
Houghten finishes his Calaveras wrestling career with an overall record of 113-27. He’s a three-time Mother Lode League champion; a three-time CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion; a two-time state qualifier; a three-time team captain; won the Iron Man Award; and had 82 career takedowns.
“Elliot has a work ethic and intensity that is off the charts,” Calaveras head coach Ryan Upchurch said. “There isn’t a kid that spent more time in the weight room at Calaveras High School than him. He really lived by the ‘Failure is not an option’ motto, and trained like a maniac.”