Former Burnt Hills wrestlers, Jon Cardi and Jason Morris, are inducted together in the inaugural Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD Athletic Hall of Fame
– June 11, 2011
HALL OF FAME BIOGRAPHIES
Jon Cardi (Class of 1983, Wrestling) grew up in Charlton, and learned at a young age that hard work and determination delivered results. His wrestling career began as a fifth grader in Pashley Elementary, when his father, Art, began taking him and a few or his boyhood friends to local wrestling club practices and tournaments.
Though Jon loved football, he excelled in wrestling and joined the varsity line-up as an 8th grader. Over his five years representing BH-BL, under the tutelage of Coach Tim Koch, he amassed a record of 144 wins and only six losses, going undefeated from his sophomore through senior years. A five-time Section 2 finalist, Jon won the New York State Tournament three times, and in his junior year was voted “Champion of Champions” by the New York State sports writers and coaches. He is also a two-time DeMeo Award winner, honoring Section 2’s best wrestler. In 1982, Jon also won the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Scholastic Male Athlete of the Year Award.
His career continued as a scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was successful both on and off the mat, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and being named an ACC Academic All-American. While at Carolina, Jon represented the United States at the Junior World Greco Roman Championships in Sweden and won the 74 kg class. With many years and countless hours invested in the sport, the apex of his wrestling career was in the 1988 Olympic Trials, where he knocked off the reigning National Champion on his way to an alternate position on the Olympic Team. Jon returned to North Carolina to graduate college, with a double major in Economics and Industrial Relations.
After returning to the area in 1989, Jon went on to coach some very successful BH-BL wrestling teams with his mentor, Tim Koch. Within a few years he took a position with Mobil Oil which took him out of the area, but created the opportunity to apply a lifetime of experiences in this new competitive business arena.
Jon is the Vice President of National Sales for Safelite Autoglass where he leads a team of National Account managers which focus on key strategic clients. He is currently raising his family of four girls just outside Columbus, Ohio, with his lovely wife of 15 years, Michele. He is actively engaged with his children’s activities, community and church, coaching his daughter’s youth soccer teams and volunteering as a committee member of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Jason Morris (Class of 1985, Wrestling) joined the BH-BL varsity wrestling team as a sophomore, and compiled an overall high school record of 98 wins and 4 losses. He was a three-time Class “A” Champion, and won the Section 2 Championships as a junior and senior. He was the New York State Champion in 1984 and 1985.
Jason went to Syracuse University where he was the EIWA “Freshman of the Year” and the 1986 champion. He was an EIWA Silver Medalist, and a two time NCAA Division I National Qualifier. In 1989, he was an NCAA Division I All-American.
Jason has achieved international success for judo, winning 60 career International medals and as a competitor in four Olympic Games in 1988 (Korea), 1992 (Spain), 1996 (USA), and 2000 (Australia). He was the siver medalist in the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona, Spain. Jason has won multiple medals at the World Championships for Judo: the bronze medal in 1993 in Hamilton, Canada, fifth place in 1987 in Essen, Germany, fifth place in 1989 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and seventh in 1991 in Barcelona, Spain.
He has also won multiple gold medals in the US Open, New York Open, Guido Sieni, and Quebec Open Championships. He also won gold medals in the Pan Am Games, Czech Open, Ontario Open, Austrian Open, Mexico International, and was the only winner ever from North or South America at the Tbilissa International Tournament. Jason is a six-time National Champion from 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1999. He is also an eight-time National Junior Champion and the Olympic Sports Festival Champion.
As the head instructor of the Jason Morris Judo Center, Jason has coached athletes to many national and international titles. He was the head coach for the 2008 Olympics in China, and was the 2007 USOC “Development Coach of the Year” and the 2006 “Coach of the Year.” He is the owner, and operator of Real Judo Magazine, and has been named “Coach of the Year” for the publication in 2003, 2005, and 2006.
Jason lives in Glenville with his wife, Teri, and their twins Randi Emiko and Danica Jaden.