Junior Bubba Jenkins said he will likely redshirt for the 2009-2010 season, pushing his final year of eligibility back to the 2010-2011 campaign.
Jenkins said he and the coaching staff discussed redshirting this season, but because he did wrestle, the coaching staff felt he should redshirt the following year.
"It's absolutely what I want to do," he said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "I wanted to last year but they thought it'd be better if I wrestled. I did it, and I had a pretty successful year up until the postseason."
The 149-pound wrestler has been injured for the majority of the season -- sitting out for seven of the eight Big Ten dual meets with an ankle sprain.
In the NCAA Tournament last weekend, Jenkins said he was plagued by back spasms, causing him to lose two consecutive matches and end his season going 0-2 at nationals.
As he was lying in bed of his hotel room in St. Louis watching television the night before the first round of NCAAs, Jenkins said his back would start to spasm for 10 to 12 minutes at a time. After about a three-minute break, it would start to spasm up again.
Athletic trainer Dan Monthley gave Jenkins heat for his back, and Jenkins said his back felt well enough to wrestle. However, in the first round of the tournament, up 6-1 on Matt Fittery, Jenkins was scrambling when his back "started to go crazy."