TV Recap: S01E13 – American Ninja Warrior Junior Kids 2019

American Ninja Warrior JR Kids Season 1 2019 Episode 13

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: Enoch Jones vs Paxton Myler

Paxton is one of four siblings competing in this competition.

Paxton got off to a great start, but Enoch closed quickly.

Paxton maintained a slight lead going into I-Beam, but Enoch caught up and passed Paxton on the third obstacle.

Enoch hesitated on Spin Cycle, allowing Paxton to catch up.

Unfortunately for Enoch, he missed the 2nd spinner and fell on the 5th obstacle.

Paxton clinched the win after a finger-tip save and completion of the Spin Cycle.

Seeding Round: Michael Baeza vs Grace Poole  

Michael is trained by Flip Rodriguez, while Grace is a rock climber from Murfreesboro, Tennessee (home of my alma mater!!!!)

Michael raced out to an early lead.

Grace missed her 2nd jump on Tic Toc. Then her foot slipped and she fell on the 2nd obstacle.

Michael made his way up the Wall and hit the buzzer.

Before the break…

Knockout Round: Paxton Myler vs Grace Poole

Grace used a one hand to save herself on Tic Toc this time.

And this race came down to the Spin Cycle: both ninjas fell on the fifth obstacle, but Paxton got there first.

Knockout Round: Michael Baeza vs Enoch Jones

Michael overcame his fear of heights to compete in ninja competitions, while Enoch is a cross country runner.

Michael had the lead early.

He kept the lead just barely going into Floating Tiles.

Michael fell on Spin Cycle, opening the door for Enoch.

Enoch completed the fifth obstacle, winning the race (and the course after hitting the buzzer) and making it to the Final Showdown.

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: Aleksander Flores vs Ashton Myler

Both Ashton and Aleksander are martial arts experts.

The two were even going into Ring Toss, but Aleksander took the lead after the 3rd obstacle.

Ashton appeared to have caught up. But another great dismount by Aleksander (he built a lead with one following Ring Toss) on Fly Wheels secured the win.

Seeding Round: Gabriel Harvey vs Dylan Benignus

Gabriel took the lead on Ring Toss. Both fell on Fly Wheels, but Gabriel got there first.

Knockout Round: Aleksander Flores vs Dylan Benignus

Aleksander is an 8 times Martial Arts World Champion, while Dylan has been playing soccer since he was one.

Aleksander raced out to an early lead.

Dylan stayed close behind until Ring Toss, when another great dismount by Aleksander made his lead larger.

Dylan got stuck on the 3rd obstacle, and Aleksander never looked back, hitting the buzzer and moving on to the final showdown.

Dylan did hit his first buzzer in the effort.

Knockout Round: Gabriel Harvey vs Ashton Myler

Gabriel wants to be a choreographer when he grows up.

Ashton raced out to an early lead.

Gabriel missed a ring on Ring Toss, and Ashton added to his lead.

After completing the 5th obstacle, Ashton eyed the Warped Wall.

He completed it this time, advancing to the Final Showdown and setting up a Seeding Round rematch.

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: Zac Holman vs Abby McGuire

Abby is a competitive climber. So of course, Meagan Martin is her favorite ninja. Zac is a climber and a tennis player.

Zac came out fast.

But Abby passed him on the Devil Steps.

Zac caught up and passed her on the Floating Tiles and never looked back.

Both hit the buzzer, but Zac hit it first in a great race.

Seeding Round: Brooks Beber vs Kody Hazan

Kody is the “Dead Hang Ninja.” His record for dead hanging on the ninja course is 62 minutes. He also has an indoor ninja course that was built after a tornado destroyed his outdoor course.

Brooks trains and teaches Parkour.

The two were even through two obstacles.

Brooks took a slight lead on the Devil Steps and extended it on Floating Tiles.

Neither ninja made it up the Warped Wall, meaning Brooks got the win.

Knockout Round: Zac Holman vs Kody Hazan

After seeing Zac fly through his first race, it makes sense that he would be an extreme sport aficionado.

Both ninjas started fast.

Kody took the early lead into Devil Steps.

Zac stayed close as the two were almost even on Shelf Grab.

But this time, it was Zac who couldn’t make it up the Wall as Kody made it up on the first try.

Kody hit the buzzer and advanced to the Final Showdown.

Knockout Round: Brooks Beber vs Abby McGuire

Brooks took an early lead going into Devil Steps.

Abby stayed close behind as the two entered the Flying Shelf Grab.

Brooks did a quick dismount on Shelf Grab and looked poised to win.

But once again, Brooks couldn’t make it up the Wall.

Abby made it up the first time, hit the buzzer, and advanced to the Final Showdown.

9-10 year old Final Showdown: Paxton Myler vs Enoch Jones

The pair was even toing into I-Beam.

Paxton took the lead on the 3rd obstacle.

In the middle of Spin Cycle, Enoch fell, giving Paxton the win and advancing him on to the semifinals.

11-12 year old Final Showdown: Aleksander Flores vs Ashton Myler

The two were even until Aleksander slipped just before Ring Toss.

Ashton’s lead only grew on Ring Toss.

Aleksander slipped again on Floating Tiles.

But Ashton missed the Warped Wall on his first attempt, opening the door for Aleksander to pass him on the final obstacle and hit the buzzer.

13-14 year old Final Showdown: Kody Hazan vs Abby McGuire

Kody had a slight lead going into Devil Steps.

But Abby’s climbing skills kept it close.

It was a practical tie going into Flying Shelf Grab.

Kody made the one move dismount to take the lead as he headed towards the Wall.

And that would be the difference as Kody hit the buzzer just before Abby did.

Your Semifinalists:

9-10 year old division: Paxton Myler

11-12 year old division: Aleksander Flores

13-14 year old division: Kody Hazan

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