Coach leaves Lakeland, goes to NR

Published 10:29 pm Friday, August 5, 2011

John Bostwick, here with Justin Howell when Howell won the 215-pound title in the Southeastern District in February 2010, is resigning as Lakeland’s head coach and will be an assistant coach at Nansemond River. Bostwick coached the Cavaliers for four seasons.

John Bostwick resigned as Lakeland’s head wrestling coach on Friday, but he’s not leaving the sport. He’s not leaving Suffolk, either.

Bostwick, who coached the Cavaliers for four years, will be an assistant coach at Nansemond River for the Warriors and head coach Tripp Seed.

“The biggest reason for the move is it’s an opportunity to coach and be eight-tenths of a mile from our house,” Bostwick said.

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“My kids go to Nansemond Parkway Elementary, so the number one reason is my family, comfort and just the logistics of making the move. I have a son in second grade and a daughter in fifth grade, so lots of things will be much easier being basically across the street,” Bostwick said.

Seed and Bostwick have known each other going all the way back to when Bostwick was an official in the area and was calling Seed’s matches when he was a wrestler at Western Branch.

“Tripp was on the Western Branch team, the only school to beat Great Bridge, any time in the ‘90s,” Bostwick said.

“I’ve known Tripp since he was in school and I’ve known his dad, so this is not a weird thing since we’ve known each other for an extended period of time,” Bostwick said.

In his fourth year coaching the Warriors, Seed led Nansemond River to victories over Lakeland and King’s Fork last season as part of going 4-5 in the Southeastern District.

Three Warriors reached the Eastern Region Championship, Nick Garland at 112 pounds, Demetrius Gray at 152 and Geordan Cross at 215.

With Lakeland, Bostwick coached the first two Cavaliers to win individual Southeastern District championships, Justin Howell in 2010 and Chase Rice in 2011.