TV Recap: S01E20 – American Ninja Warrior Junior Kids 2019 Finals Championship

American Ninja Warrior JR Kids Season 1 2019 Episode 20 – The Finals Championships

The field of 64 is down to the final four!!!

This is it folks: the championship round of American Ninja Warrior Jr.!!!

Here’s a breakdown of the format:

Two semifinal races take place.

The two winners compete for the championship.

It’s that simple.

-The first place winner receives $15,000, 2nd place gets $7,500, 3rd place gets $5,000, 4th place gets $2,500.

Third and fourth place will be decided who had the fastest time between the losers of the two semifinals.

And as always, Laurie Hernandez will be joining Matt and Akbar as co-host the finale.

Ages 9-10:

Semifinal 1: Taylor Greene vs Sean Arms

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

Taylor is known for her one handed dismount on the I-Beam and her love of dressing up for high tea.

Sean Arms set the fastest time for the age group last round.

The reach advantage goes to Taylor, but Sean’s best time is 10 seconds faster than Taylor’s.

Sean, as usual, was flying into Tic Toc with Taylor not far behind.

Arms lead grew on I-Beam.

And Arms never looked back, moving quickly through Spin Cycle before hitting the buzzer and advancing to the Championship.

Semifinal 2: Collin Cella vs Jacob Goldman

Collin fought and struggled through the semifinals, but finished on a high note in his last race.

Jacob moved easily through his two previous races.

Jacob is best on the I-Beam, while Collin is best on the Spin Cycle.

Collin raced out to the early lead.

He kept that lead through I Beam.

And that was the key, as Collin kept a slight lead all the way up the Warped Wall on his way to the Championship.

During the break…

Laurie Hernandez completed the course on her first attempt.

9-10 Championship Race: Sean Arms vs Collin Cella

The duo was practically even going into I-Beam.

They stayed even after the third obstacle.

But Arms took an extra spin on Spin Cycle, and Collin took advantage on his best obstacle.

Collin had a nice lead going into the Warped Wall, but he’s had problems climbing the 6th obstacle throughout the competition.

That made it close at the end as Sean flew up the Wall to the finish.

And by .11 seconds, Collin took the Championship!!!

Ages 9-10 Final Standings

  1. Collin Cella
  2. Sean Arms
  3. Jacob Goldman
  4. Taylor Greene

Ages 11-12:

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

Semifinal 1: Ella McRitchie vs Kai Beckstrand

Both ninjas here were dominant in the semifinal round.

Ella has a 4 inch height advantage, while Kai has a 4 second best time advantage.

Kai had a slight lead going into Ring Toss.

And Kai did a long dismount to increase his lead, muting the advantage Ella usually has on the obstacle.

Ella made a strong push on the final two obstacles to catch Kai from behind.

But Kai held on and advanced to the Championship Race.

Semifinal 2: Tate Allen vs Caleb Brown

Tate overcame early mistakes to advance to the finals. He wants to be a financial planner like his dad.

Caleb also came from behind to get here, and he has a time and height advantage.

Caleb had an early lead, but Tate fought back to keep it close going into the Ring Toss.

And shockingly, on the third obstacle, Caleb missed a ring on the Ring Toss and fell.

Tate finished the course and advanced to the championship.

11-12 Championship Race: Kai Beckstrand vs Tate Allen

Kai raced out to a big lead early.

That lead stayed consistent through the fifth obstacle.

Tate made a run on Fly Wheels and nearly ran Kai from behind on the Warped Wall.

But Kai held on, hit the buzzer, and took the championship.

Ages 11-12 Final Standings

  1. Kai Beckstrand
  2. Tate Allen
  3. Ella McRitchie
  4. Caleb Brown

Ages 13-14

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

Semifinal 1: Jonathan Godbout vs Vance Walker

Jonathan took a pair of close wins in the last round, while Vance is known for getting big leads and holding them (though his last race was close).

The two best times are almost identical.

The two were even through two obstacles.

Vance took a big lead on Devil Steps.

But Jonathan made up ground on Flying Shelf Grab.

That ground wasn’t enough as Vance Walker beat Jonathan to the buzzer by a step.

Semifinal 2: Nate Pardo vs Jeremiah Boyd

Nate holds the fastest time on the course, but experienced his first fall on his last race.

Jeremiah has been fast as well on the course.

Nate has a 7 inch height advantage.

The two were even going into Devil Steps.

Nate created separation on the third obstacle.

Trying to come back, Jeremiah slipped and fell on Flying Shelf Grab.

Nate completed the course and advanced to the championship.

13-14 Championship Race: Vance Walker vs Nate Pardo

Vance’s best obstacle is the Devil Steps, while Nate’s best is Flying Shelf Grab.

Nate raced out to the early lead.

But Vance overtook Nate on the Devil Steps.

The two were close on the fifth obstacle, where Vance raised his game and kept his lead all the way up the Warped Wall.

Both ninjas broke the record for the fastest time, but Vance takes the championship.

Ages 13-14 Final Standings

  1. Vance Walker
  2. Nate Pardo
  3. Jonathan Godbout
  4. Jeremiah Boyd

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