San Jose, Costa Rica - Brad Bolen (24), Nick Kossor (27) and Hannah Martin (24) from the Glenville, NY based Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) all won bronze medals Pan Am Judo Championships in Costa Rica April 19-20. Burnt Hills High graduate, Martin started the JMJC off the first day (April 19) taking a bronze medal at 63kg in her first Pan Am Championship appearance posting a 3-1 record on the day. Martin dropped her first bout to Diana Velasco (Columbia) then strung three straight wins together beating Yennifer Dominguez (Guatemala), Andrea Gutierrez (Mexico) then Wisneybi Machado (Venezuela) in the bronze medal match. This result moves Martin up nine spots from #24 to a career high #15 on the world ranking list (WRL) which currently qualifies her for the world masters in Tyumen, Russia May 24-25. The world masters invites only the top 16 athlete in each weight class. Martin will be notified whether she makes it following the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary next weekend. If Martin were to qualify she will be the first athlete from the JMJC to do so. Burnt Hills High graduate, Kossor kept the momentum going posting a 3-1 record on day two (April 20) to capture a bronze medal in the 60kg division. Like Martin, Kossor lost his first match to eventual silver medalist Nabor Castillo (Mexico) then won three straight beating Nehuen Melita (Argentina), Juan Postigos (Peru) then Jose Romero (Ecuador) in the bronze medal bout. This catapults Kossor 25 slots on the WRL from #55 to a career high #30. This was Kossor's first medal at the Pan Ams in his third attempt. Bolen duplicated Kossor and Martin's path to win the bronze medal losing his first contest to eventual champ, Luiz Revite (Brazil) then won three straight. Bolen defeated Wander Mateo (Dominican Republic), Israel Verdugo (Ecuador) then used the "Bolen Arrow" choke against Alonso Wong (Peru) to nail down the bronze. Bolen improved his world ranking 8 spots from #32 to #24. This was Bolen's third medal at the Pan Ams giving the JMJC 14 total Pam Am medals in it's 12 year history. The three JMJC stars also qualified for the World Judo Championships August 26-30, 2013 in Rio, Brazil.
Virginia Beach, VA - Burnt Hills High School graduate, Hannah Martin (24) from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) in Glenville, NY captured her second straight 63kg US Sr. National title today at the Virginia Beach convention center April 13, 2013. Martin came in as the #1 seed and capped off her victory with a close win over rival, #2 seed, Janine Nakao in the final. This serves as a great tune up for Martin who will compete next week at the Pan Am Championships in Costa Rica. JMJC's Tony Sangimino (22) had his best result at the Nationals taking a silver medal in the 81kg posting a 4-1 record on the day. Sangimino was the #2 seed and lost in the final to #1 John Fernandez. Burnt Hills High Senior, Jack Hatton's (17) star keeps on rising as he won a hard fought bronze medal at 81kg. Among Hatton's wins was a victory over 2008 Olympian, Ryan Reser. This result gives Hatton the nod to get a wild card into the Jr. Worlds in Slovenia in October. Alex Turner (19) had a break through day taking a bronze medal in 73kg in his first Nationals appearance. Like Hatton, Turner can earn a wild card to the Jr. Worlds. Leah Fisher kept the JMJC medal count climbing as she won her third overall Nationals bronze medal at 70kg. To close out the JMJC medal count, Christie Woosley (20) picked up a bronze in 78kg. Woosley's highlight of the day was that she got a chacne to compete against reigning Olympic Champion, Kayla Harrison.
On the second day of competition, the JMJC has defending 66kg Champ, Brad Bolen, Dave Harris (66kg), 2011 & 2012 Bronze medalist, Cammi Kaichi (52kg), 2008 & 2010 National Champ, Nick Kossor (60kg), Ashley Hejlik (52kg), Joe Martinez (60kg) and Pete Stanley (OPEN) to try and break the JMJC total Nationals medal count record which stands at eight.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina- Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Graduate Hannah Martin, a member of the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville, reached the podium for the second straight week in South America,taking a silver medal at 63kg in the Argentina World Cup Friday.
Martin, who won a bronze medal last week at the Uruguay World Cup, lost to Katherine Campos, ranked No. 1 in Brazil in the finals in Argentina. The Second Place finish boosts Martin's world ranking to a career high of No. 23.
Martin has a good chance to be the second athlete ever from the Jason Morris Judo Center to make the annual World Masters, which invites the top 16 athletes in the world rankings in each weight class.
Montevideo, Uruguay - Burnt Hills native, Hannah Martin (24) who trains at the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) in Glenville, NY won a bronze medal at the Uruguay World Cup Saturday, March 16, 2013. Among Martin's 63kg wins was a first time victory over Brazil's #1 Katherine Campos in the bronze medal bout. Campos is #18 on the the world ranking list while this result boosts Martin two spots from #27 to #25. JMJC's Tony Sangimino (22) from Glenville placed 7th in the 81kg division picking up valuable world ranking points Sunday, March 17. Both Martin and Sangimino will compete next week at the Argentina World Cup before returning to the US.
Apia, Samoa - Burnt Hills High School graduate, Hannah Martin (24) remained on a roll this year as she took Silver in 63kg at the Samoa world cup Novemer 17, 2012. Martin who trains at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville, NY went 3-1 on the day beating Melissa McMillan (New Zealand), Vanessa Hall (Australia) then Aoife Coughlan (AUS) in the semis to before losing to Gemma Howell (Great Britain) in the final. Howell came into to the event ranked #29 in the world with Martin at #35. This result jumps Martin all the way to #27 which is a career high. Martin also tightened her grip in the US #1 ranking in 63kg extending her lead by a wide margin. Martin has risen from #102, where she was in January 2012, all the way to #27.