Gabe Flores
Gabe Flores


Madera, Calif.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-5 / 125


Three-time National Qualifier (2006-2008)


Illinois @ Penn St.

Illinois comes from behind and beats Penn State.


Illinois vs. Northwestern - Jan. 19, 2007

Photos from No. 16 Illinois' 21-12 victory over No. 8 Northwestern.

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.


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