TV Recap: S01E11 – American Ninja Warrior Junior Kids 2019

American Ninja Warrior JR Kids Season 1 2019 Episode 11

Here’s a breakdown of the format:

-Ninjas will compete in three divisions: 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old, and 13-14 years old. They will compete in head to head races.

The qualifying rounds feature four ninjas per division. They will start in a seeding round, with the two fastest ninjas from that round taking on the two slowest ninjas in the knockout round.

The winners of the two knockout rounds move on to the final showdown, where the winner will move on to the semifinals.

-The winner of each division at the end of the season receives a $15,000 prize.

Also, Laurie Hernandez will be joining Matt and Akbar as co-host this season.

9-10 Year Old Division (Ninja Mentor: Barclay Stockett)

The course: Sonic Swing, Tic Toc, I-Beam, Floating Tiles, Spin Cycle, 13 Foot Warped Wall (with two hand holds)

Seeding Round: Makena Cook vs Julius Evans

Julius goes by the nickname of “The Hurricane,” while Makena plays multiple sports, including soccer and basketball.

Makena also wants to show girls who are bullied that they shouldn’t be stopped from doing what they want to do.

Julius had the lead going into I-Beam.

The lead grew as “The Hurricane’ flew past Floating Tiles.

Trying to catch up, Makena fell on Spin Cycle.

Julius made it up the Warped Wall and took the win.

Seeding Round: Ben Haywood vs Collin Cella

Ben’s sister, Molly, competed in the 13 and 14 year old age group previously, while Collin is on Drew Dreschel’s elite squad.

Both competitors came out flying.

Ben lost a little on the end of Tic Toc, allowing Collin to build a big lead.

And he would keep that lead all the way up the Warped Wall, hitting the buzzer and taking the win.

During the break…

Knockout Round: Collin Cella vs Makena Cook

Collin took home another easy win, advancing to the Final Showdown.

Knockout Round: Julius Evans vs Ben Haywood

Ben builds obstacles at home with his dad.

The two were even going into the third obstacle.

Ben built a lead on I Beam, but Julius evened things up going into the fifth obstacle.

But when Julius missed a leap on Spin Cycle, that allowed Ben to pull ahead for good.

Both athletes hit the buzzer, but Ben did it first, setting up a Final Showdown rematch.

11-12 Year old Division (Ninja Mentor: Najee Richardson)

The course: Sonic Swing, Tic Toc, Ring Toss, Floating Tiles, Fly Wheels, 13 foot Warped Wall (one hand hold)

Seeding Round: Charlie Kowalski vs Rose Lord

Rose is an artist who gets inspiration from her scenic home in Vermont.

Rose used her longer legs to build a big lead early.

And her longer arms kept her in the lead going into Fly Wheels.

Charlie stayed close behind, but he missed on his first attempt at the Warped Wall as Rose made it up on her first try.

During the break…

Seeding Round: Nina Ballou vs Jackson Aultman

Jackson took the win.

Knockout Round: Jackson Aultman vs Charlie Kowalski

Jackson took an early lead, but Charlie stayed close.

Jackson kept a slight lead through Ring Toss.

And Jackson did nothing to falter at any point in the race making it up the Warped Wall and advancing to the Final Showdown.

Knockout Round: Rose Lord vs Nina Ballou

Nina is a gymnast whose nickname is “Beast Mode.” (Can we set up a meeting with Nina and Marshawn Lynch?)

Rose took another big lead early as Nina took her time on the course.

Nina took a lot of extra time on Tic Toc.

Rose continued her strong work through the course as Nina conquered Ring Toss, the obstacle that took her out in the Seeding Round.

None of it was enough to stop Rose as she rolled her way to the Final Showdown.

But Nina will go home having hit a buzzer.

13-14 year old Division (Ninja Mentor: Kevin Bull)

The course: Archer Steps, Tic Toc, Floating Tiles, Devil Steps, Flying Shelf Grab, 13 foot Warped Wall (no hand holds)

Seeding Round: Christian Youst vs Vance Walker

Vance’s house is where Ninja’s who train at the nearby gym stay when they are in town (Joe Moravsky and Bret Sims, just to name a few). Well, that seems like a little bit of an unfair advantage.

Christian took the early lead, but Vance evened things up on Tic Toc.

The two ninjas went back forth going into Flying Shelf Grab.

It was a photo finish up the Warped Wall, and the tape showed Vance hit the buzzer first by two tenths of a second. Both ninjas completed the course in under 30 seconds.

Seeding Round: Leah Wickert vs Evan Wenzinger

Evan is a Geography expert (as a former Geography teacher, this warms my heart), while Leah trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Evan took the early lead as Leah hesitated on Tic Toc.

Evan’s lead only grew as he made it to Flying Shelf Grab.

But Evan missed on all three attempts up the Warped Wall, opening the door for Leah.

However, Leah fell on Flying Shelf Grab, giving Evan the win.

During the break:

Knockout Round: Evan Wenzinger  vs Christian Youst

A close race saw Christian pass Evan on the Devil Steps and taking the spot in the Final Showdown.

Knockout Round: Vance Walker vs Leah Wickert

Leah is always going on crazy outdoor adventures with her brothers.

Vance took the early lead again.

That lead only grew as Vance plotted his way through the course.

Vance hit the buzzer and advanced to the Final Showdown, setting up a great rematch.

9-10 year old Final Showdown: Collin Cella vs Ben Haywood

Collin took the early lead.

Ben was keeping pace, but he fell on the I-Beam.

With the win in the bag, Collin went ahead and finished the course, advancing to the Semifinals.

And on his way to victory, Collin recorded the fastest time in the 9-10 year old division so far this season with a time under 30 seconds.

11-12 year old Final Showdown: Jackson Aultman vs Rose Lord

Great matchup here!!!!

Rose got off to another quick start.

But Jackson was close until he missed a ring on Ring Toss.

Trying to catch up, Jackson fell on Fly Wheels after Rose made an impressive dismount from the fifth obstacle (a dismount it turns out she was trying for the first time).

Rose hit her third buzzer of the night and clinched her spot in the Semifinals.

13-14 year old Final Showdown: Christian Youst vs Vance Walker

Christian knew the need for speed that was necessary, so he came out quickly and raced out to an early lead.

But Vance evened things up on Devil Steps.

The quick dismount on Flying Shelf Grab by Vance turned out to be the difference as Vance set another course record.

Vance hit the buzzer at 26.86 seconds, and advanced to the Semifinals.

Your Semifinalists:

9-10 year old division: Collin Cella

11-12 year old division:  Rose Lord

13-14 year old division: Vance Walker

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