Ian Paddock never really began to do the math until people began arriving at his family’s home Wednesday.
His father, Brad Paddock, impacted the lives of many — especially in the world of wrestling, where it was said he would open his family’s home to anyone who loved the sport. Brad Paddock, 50, died Tuesday after multiple diseases caused organ failure over the course of about three weeks at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
There has been an overwhelming amount of support — and plenty of phone calls, too — to the grieving Paddock family in Warsaw, Wyoming County.
“It’s been non-stop support,” Ian Paddock, 25, said. “People are still coming, still calling.
“It shows you how much he meant to everyone. You don’t realize it at the time, but I’m glad to see how much he meant to everyone.”
The Paddock family will have calling hours Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. each day, at Robinson and Hackemer Funeral Home in Warsaw. The funeral service is 1 p.m. Monday in Warsaw, at Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church.
Ian Paddock, a three-time high school state wrestling champion who once was Section V’s all-time wins leader, is one of nine children of Brad and Jeanie Paddock, ranging in age from 16 to 30 years old. Brad Paddock, who owned and operated a business that offered breeding services for livestock and dairy supplies, also is survived by two grandchildren.
“He’s an incredible mentor,” former Warsaw wrestling coach Robert Hirsch said. “He listens well. He speaks well. You talk about motivation — he’s one of the greats.
“I’m a pretty optimistic person. I’ve never taken something as hard as I’ve taken this. Brad and I would get together, and we just hanged. Our talks could go on for hours. A good man of God. He raised his family and lived with a biblical integrity.”
Hirsch, an assistant coach at Alfred State and Hornell High, taught eight of the nine Paddock children in classrooms and coached all of the wrestlers in the family.
“That guy never seemed to stop,” Hirsch said.
A former wrestler at Perry, Brad Paddock became an assistant coach at Warsaw during the mid-1990s and began a wrestling club known as Team X that included wrestlers who went on to become All-Americans and state champions.
“Before Paul (the oldest of the six Paddock brothers) and I were on the varsity there was a pretty good heavyweight named Dave Leitton,” Ian Paddock said. “He would go and work with him everyday.”
Ian Paddock, who won 267 high school matches at Warsaw and was a national champion, remembers being introduced to wrestling at an early age. The sport had a grip on him, as he willingly and routinely wrestled in two age divisions at two youth tournaments on weekends.
“He would support us anyway that he could,” Ian Paddock said. “You are talking about driving to different tournaments every Saturday and Sunday, entry fees and hotel rooms.
“The more we put into it, the more he was going to put into it.”
Team X began as informal practices on Sundays at the Paddock family home. The original group of 10 would travel to tournaments, and the club became a magnet for some of the best wrestlers in the state.
“Anyone who wanted to work could come,” Ian Paddock said. “We had people fly in right before states to work out. My dad never charged anyone, and he paid people to come to do clinics.”
Avon athletic director and wrestling coach Andy Englert said that not many people know that Brad Paddock went to Russia to study the sport of wrestling.
“He established that in his kids, to aim high,” Englert said. “That’s why they’ve reached levels that they have.”
The Livingston County News reported that 50 Team X wrestlers earned top-six finishes at the high school state championships, including 20 champions, and 30 earned All-America honors.
“Look at what his sons accomplished in the sport,” Section V wrestling executive committee member Frank Marotta said. “One went to Edinboro (Paul). One went to Ohio State (Ian) and one is at Iowa (Burke).”
It is Brad Paddock’s willingness to also aid wrestlers not named Paddock, sometimes by opening his wallet or finding his checkbook, why dozens of people have and will make their way to the Paddock home or reach out to the family.
“He’s a hero and the world needs more of them,” Hirsch said. “Hopefully, his story will inspire more people to step up.”