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Brandon Eggum refuses to make it personal.

It’s been almost 17 years since Cael Sanderson ruined, for the second time, Eggum’s dream of an NCAA championship, foiled his months of tiresome preparation and endless work, and trampled on his legacy as one of the Gophers’ greatest wrestlers.

Eggum gets a rematch on Friday, sort of. And the notion that he has anything personal at stake when the Gophers coach faces Sanderson’s No. 2-ranked Penn State squad, well, it just doesn’t register.

“It really doesn’t have anything to do with me. Wrestling is about the athletes, not the coaches,” Eggum said earnestly. “I have a lot of respect for Cael as a competitor. He was a great wrestler, and he’s accomplished a lot as a coach. But if we were able to get a win on Friday, it would be big for the kids, not me.” Continue reading at www.startribune.com