2007-08:Ranked No. 6 in the NWCA/Intermat poll, his highest ranking of the season ... Finished third at the Big Ten Championships, defeating No. 2 Charlie Falck (Iowa) and No. 5 Brandon Precin (Northwestern) along the way and having No. 1 Jayson Ness (MINN) on his back for an extended time before dropping a 7-5 decision ... His 25 wins this season are a career high ... Holds the second-fastest fall on the team with a pin in 33 seconds ... Finished fifth at both the Midlands Championships and the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ... Won eight consecutive matches from Jan. 12-Feb. 10, including wins over No. 10 Mark McKnight (PSU), No. 17 James Nicholson (ODU) and No. 18 Collin Cudd (WIS).
2006-07: Full-time starter at 125 ... Finished the season ranked No. 7 ... Went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships ... Qualified for his second NCAA tournament by placing fourth at the Big Ten Championships ... Upset No. 5 Mark McKnight, 6-1, to get the Illini on the board against Penn State ... Outlasted No. 9 Angel Escobedo in a 4-2 decision to help the Illini claim a 22-9 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers ... Claimed the UNI Open title ... Won the Missouri Open.
2005-06: Full-time starter at 133 ... Finished the season ranked No. 18 ... Qualified for first NCAA Championships by finishing fifth at the Big Ten Tournament ... Went 2-2 at NCAAs, upsetting No.12 Mark Moos (Michigan) and losing to No.2 Nathan Morgan (Oklahoma St.) and No. 7 Jake Strayer (Penn St.) ... Went 4-4 during Big Ten season.
2004-05: Placed seventh at his first Midlands Tournament ... Won the UNI Open, upsetting No. 13 Luke Smith of Central Michigan, 6-3, in the finals ... Placed second at the Missouri Open ... Upset No. 8 Matt Pitts of Chattanooga, 9-6, in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Open ... Recorded three pins in only 17 matches on the season.
2003-04: Redshirt season ... Placed first at the Missouri Open ... Went 7-0 in open tournaments.
HIGH SCHOOL: California state champion in 2002 ... State runner-up in 2003, leading Clovis High School to a team title ... Placed third at Senior High School Nationals ... Member of the 2003 valley and state championship teams ... Three-time state placewinner ... Placed third at the state championships as a sophomore ... 2002 Powerade Christmas Classic champion ... Earned four letters for wrestling ... Coach, Stephen Tirapelle, is father of current teammate Troy, and former teammate, Alex.
PERSONAL: Full given name is Gabriel Ernest Flores ... Born on March 4, 1985 ... Son of Ernest and Patricia Flores ... Father, Ernest, was a California state champion ... Favorite hobby is fishing ... Majoring in sport management ... Favorite athlete is Stephen Abas ... Member of the yearbook club as a senior ... Plans to pursue a career in teaching ... Lists his parents as being the most influencial in his athletic career ... Names Adam and Alex Tirapelle as his Fighting Illini heroes.
FLORES' CAREER RECORD
Year W L F Big Tens NCAAs 2004-05 14 3 3 --- --- 2005-06 14 8 0 5th DNP 2006-07 21 7 4 4th DNP 2007-08 25 10 3 3rd Total 74 28 10