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Senate recognizes wrestling rivals for selfless act

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(Left to Right) State Sen. Rob Teplitz, Halifax High School senior Joey Kaufman, Camp Hill High School senior Gus Bostdorf and state Sen. Pat Vance. (Submitted) (Left to Right) State Sen. Rob Teplitz, Halifax High School senior Joey Kaufman, Camp Hill High School senior Gus Bostdorf and state Sen. Pat Vance. (Submitted)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

As wrestling rivals, Halifax High School senior Joey Kaufman and Camp Hill High School senior Gus Bostdorf often competed against each other on the mat.

On Monday, however, the two standout wrestlers were recognized on the floor of the state Senate by Sens. Rob Teplitz and Pat Vance for a selfless act that sealed their friendship.

Bostdorf was diagnosed with germ cell cancer in January, and while he is expected to make a full recovery, he could no longer compete.

Kaufman wanted to show his support for Bostdorf, so when the Halifax senior won gold in the District 3 AA Championships in February, he gave his medal to Bostdorf.

"These two gentlemen truly embody good sportsmanship," said Teplitz (D-Dauphin/York), who presented Kaufman with a Senate citation. "Gus' courage and Joey's selfless actions deserve recognition. They not only set a good example to athletes and teens, but to all of us."

"It's one of the most selfless acts I have heard in a long time and it's bonded these two athletes in friendship for life," said Vance (R-Cumberland). "I'm so pleased to be able to acknowledge their act of friendship before the Senate."

Kaufman and his family, Bostdorf and his family, as well as Halifax High School principal Dave Hatfield, athletic director Gay Boyer and wrestling coach Jason Enders joined the athletes during their recognition in the Senate.

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