Last season, I created a metric to mathematically rank each ninja’s prowess in the competition. I awarded “Ninja Points” based on the number of obstacles within each course that were completed. Here is how the “Ninja Points” metric was calculated:
- 6 points for completion of each obstacle in a City Qualifiers course
- 7.5 points for completion of each of the first six obstacles on a City Finals course
- 15 points for completion of each of the final four obstacles on a City Finals course
- 25 points for completion of each obstacle on Stage 1
- 50 points for completion of each obstacle on Stage 2
- 80 points for completion of each obstacle on Stage 3
- 200 points for completion of Stage 4
Additionally, four categories of bonus points were available.
- 4 bonus points for each buzzer that was hit (each course completed)
- 5 bonus points for the completion of a City Finals course
- Up to 10 bonus points based on the completion time for each of Stage 1 and 2
- Up to 50 bonus points based on the completion time for Stage 4
The maximum total value of the scale is in a season 1500 points. The highest single-season score recorded by a ninja in that time was Geoff Britten’s 1467.31 points in Season 7 when he completed all 6 courses. Using these point values, I calculated “Ninja Points” scores for each season dating back to Season 5 in 2013, along with the USA vs The World specials and an ELO ranking system for Team Ninja Warrior/Ninja vs Ninja competition. To come up with the final number of “Ninja Points” for each athlete, I weighted the most recent performances heavier. The current years points are taken at full value then the prior three seasons are weighted at 75%, 50%, and 25% respectively.
The “Ninja Points” used for these rankings take into account the following competitions:
- American Ninja Warrior Seasons 6, 7, 8, and 9
- USA vs The World 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
- Team Ninja Warrior Seasons 1 & 2, Ninja vs Ninja
In the weeks leading up to Season 10 of American Ninja Warrior, I will be revealing the Top 200 Ninjas (out of nearly 1300) in the rankings scale. Check out the previous lists for those ranked between #101 and #200.
Today we continue the countdown by breaking into the Top 100 with those ranked 51st to 100th.
100. Brian Burkhardt
Ninja Points: 186.52
Brian qualified for the Vegas Finals for the first time last year in his second year of ANW competition. His season came to an end on the Jumping Spider. He also competed as part of Thomas Stillings’ Three Wishes team on Ninja vs Ninja where he suffered a shoulder injury.
99. Chris Boehm
Ninja Points: 187.50
After an early fall in his rookie year during Season 7, Chris came back with a strong performance in Season 8. He completed the Atlanta City Qualifiers course and made it far enough to qualify for the Vegas Finals where he fell on the Broken Bridge.
98. Geoff Lancaster
Ninja Points: 194.02
Geoff has been a competitor on American Ninja Warrior since Season 6 and has twice reached the National Finals. He fell on the Jumping Spider both times. Geoff also competed on the last two seasons of Team Ninja Warrior/Ninja vs Ninja.
97. Jessell Boseman
Ninja Points: 195.00
After a strong rookie season in 2016 where he reached the Vegas Finals and fell on the last obstacle of Stage 1, Jessell had a surprising early fall last year in the San Antonio City Qualifiers.
The “Brazi Bros” of Lucas and Alexio Gomes have both reached the Vegas Finals. Lucas has reached the Vegas Finals each of the last two seasons, but fell early on Stage 1 both times.
95. Jonathan Parr
Ninja Points: 200.00
Jonathan is a two-time competitor on American Ninja Warrior who reached the Vegas Finals in Season 7. Last season, he just missed a return trip when he fell on the Hourglass Drop in the San Antonio City Finals.
94. Tyler Smith
Ninja Points: 201.25
Tyler has competed on the last two seasons of American Ninja Warrior, completing the Qualifying course both times. He reached the Vegas Finals in Season 8 where he fell on the Jumping Spider. Last year, he narrowly missed qualifying for Vegas when he fell on the Bar Hop and finished 17th in the Kansas City Finals.
93. Yancey Quezada
Ninja Points: 201.38
Yancey has competed on three seasons of American Ninja Warrior and qualified for the Vegas Finals for the first time last season. In his first trip to the National Finals, he fell on the Double Dipper on Stage 1.
92. Jon Stewart
Ninja Points: 215.50
Jon is a construction manager who has competed since Season 6 and is known for being the oldest person (at 54 in Season 8) to complete a City Qualifiers course. He is also the oldest person (at age 52 in Season 6) to finish a City Finals course. He has reached the Vegas Finals twice but fell on Stage 1 both times. Last year, he had a surprising early fall on the Bouncing Spider in the Denver qualifying course.
91. Dan Galiczynski
Ninja Points: 218.08
Dan has competed on 7 seasons of American Ninja Warrior and qualified for the Vegas Finals 4 times. He fell on the Jumping Spider in Seasons 4 and 5 but finally conquered Stage 1 in Season 6. That was his best season to date as he reached Stage 2 and ultimately fell on the Unstable Bridge. Last year, he qualified for the Vegas Finals once again but suffered an injury and was not able to compete.
90. Richard Shoemaker
Ninja Points: 218.75
Richard has reached the Vegas Finals twice in Seasons 7 and 8, galling on the Jumping Spider both times.
89. Kenneth Niemitalo
Ninja Points: 223.13
Kenneth is a 4-time American Ninja Warrior veteran. His best season came his rookie year in Season 6 when he completed both the City Qualifiers and City Finals courses and fell on the Spinning Bridge on Stage 1. Since then, he has not made it back to Vegas but has completed two other City Qualifiers courses. He just missed a return trip to Vegas this year when he finished 17th in the San Antonio City Finals, falling on the Hourglass Drop.
88. Kevin Carbone
Ninja Points: 226.82
Kevin made a name for himself this year as the designer of the Wingnuts obstacle (as submitted through the ANW Obstacle Design Challenge) which took out a number of ninjas in the Daytona course then came back on Stage 2 in the even more difficult Wingnut alley which eliminated all but 3 remaining athletes. Kevin came out of the Walk-On line to complete the Daytona qualification course (including conquering his own obstacle) and reached the Vegas Finals. There, he fell on the Jumping Spider. Kevin was also a member of the Young Bloods team on Ninja Vs Ninja this past season.
87. Reko Rivera
Ninja Points: 227.50
Reko has competed on American Ninja Warrior since Season 4 and has completed the qualifying courses the last 4 seasons. He took a new step forward last year and qualified for the Vegas Finals for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, his season came to a quick end when he fell on Snake Run. Reko is also known for being the guy who ran the Atlanta Qualifying Course in a T-Rex suit during Season 8.
86. Matt Wilder
Ninja Points: 228.47
Matt has reached the Vegas Finals twice in his Ninja Warrior career, falling on Stage 1 both times. He also completed City Qualifying courses in Seasons 6 and 8 but had a surprising early fall on the Paddle Boards on a brutal Denver course last season. Matt has also competed on all 3 seasons of Team Ninja Warrior/Ninja vs Ninja as a member of Noah Kaufman’s team Think Tank.
85. Spencer Johnson
Ninja Points: 238.00
Spencer was a rookie last season who made it out of the difficult Kansas City regional to qualify for the Vegas Finals. In Vegas, he nearly beat Stage 1, falling on the final obstacle the Flying Squirrel.
84. Jackson Meyer
Ninja Points: 238.19
The “Boy Scout Ninja” made his first trip to the Vegas Finals last season. He did not compete in the Finals and withdrew from the competition but has had a good showing this year on Ninja Vs Ninja as part of Nick Hanson’s Team Frostbite.
83. Ben Melick
Ninja Points: 244.54
“Tarzan” Ben Melick has been a competitor since Season 6 and reached the Vegas Finals 3 times but has yet to conquer Stage 1. Last season, he fell early in the Los Angeles Qualifiers and did not make the City Finals for the first time in his ANW career. Ben has also competed on Team Tarzan on all 3 seasons of Team Ninja Warrior/Ninja vs Ninja.
82. Michelle Warnky
Ninja Points: 250.65
Michelle has competed since Season 5 and made the Vegas Finals 4 times as a Wild Card. In Season 6, she became the second woman in ANW history to complete a City Qualifiers course. She was the victim of unfortunate circumstances last season as ANW’s rule change stipulated that only the Top 2 women from each course would qualify for the Vegas finals, unless they finished in the Top 15. Michelle competed in Cleveland with Jesse Labreck and Allyssa Beird. Despite making it to the 8th obstacle in the city finals, she was not fast enough to finish ahead of Labreck or Beird and did not earn a spot in the National Finals (while some others that qualified from other courses only reached the 3rd or 4th obstacle). Michelle has also competed with the Wilczewski brothers as part of the Lab Rats team on all 3 seasons of Team Ninja Warrior/Ninja vs Ninja.
81. David Yarter
Ninja Points: 252.58
David had a great rookie season during Season 7, making it all the way to Stage 2 in the Vegas Finals. Last year, he reached the City Finals but had an early fall that prevented him from making a return trip to Vegas. He also competed on Brent Steffensen’s Team Alpha on Ninja vs Ninja this year.
80. Alex Carson
Ninja Points: 259.00
Alex was another rookie in Season 9 who came out of the brutal Kansas City qualification regional. He nearly completed Stage 1, falling on the final obstacle the Flying Squirrel.
79. Eddy Stewart
Ninja Points: 259.38
Eddy is a 3-time veteran of American Ninja Warrior and has cleared the qualification courses all 3 seasons. His best year came as a rookie in Season 7 where he reached the Vegas Finals and timed out on the Warped Wall. Last year he just missed a return trip to Vegas, finishing 16th in the Daytona City Finals.
78. Ben Baker
Ninja Points: 260.00
Ben was another Season 9 rookie who came out of the Kansas City regional and qualified for Vegas. He had a number of saves on Stage 1 but couldn’t keep his good fortune going to the buzzer, falling on the Flying Squirrel.
77. Bart Copeland
Ninja Points: 275.00
Bart has competed twice on American Ninja Warrior, coming back from an early fall in Season 7 to reach the Vegas Finals last year. Notably, he was one of just 8 ninjas to complete the Denver Qualification course. He made it all the way to the Flying Squirrel before falling on Stage 1.
76. Kevin Klein
Ninja Points: 285.20
Kevin is a flag-runner for the Dallas Cowboys as part of their in-game entertainment. He has competed on American Ninja Warrior since Season 4. His best years came in Seasons 6 and 7 when he reached the Vegas Finals. In Season 6 he fell on the Spinning Bridge and in Season 7 he advanced even further, conquering Stage 1 but falling on the first obstacle of Stage 2. He rebounded from an early fall in Season 8 to make the City Finals last year but missed out on a return trip to Vegas.
75. Barclay Stockett
Ninja Points: 285.55
Barclay is a two-time ANW veteran who was one of the breakout stars of Season 9. She was the top woman at the San Antonio Qualifiers then in the City Finals became the shortest athlete to conquer the 14.5-foot Warped Wall.She was the only woman in San Antonio to make it to the back half of the course, earning her the top spot and qualifying for the Vegas Finals. She once again made her mark as the shortest athlete to complete both the Jumping Spider and the Vegas Warped Wall. Her season came to an end when she ran out of time before attempting the Flying Squirrel. She has also been a star on Team Ninja Warrior/Ninja vs Ninja, with a 5-1 mark in head-to-head races.
74. Adam Arnold
Ninja Points: 301.61
Adam has competed since Season 6 and has reached the Vegas Finals twice. In Season 8, he was one of just 11 athletes to complete a City Finals course. He has yet to conquer Stage 1 in Vegas and will be out for redemption after an early fall in the Kansas City Qualifiers last season.
73. Anthony DeFranco
Ninja Points: 306.25
Anthony is a two-time Ninja Warrior competitor who has produced nearly identical seasons. In both Season 8 and Season 9 he completed the City Qualifying course with the fastest time of the night then fell on the 8th obstacle of the City Finals. Both were good enough to earn him a spot in the Vegas Finals where he fell on the Jumping Spider both times.
Alexio is the other half of the “Brazi Bros” with his brother Lucas. Like his brother, he has also qualified for the Vegas Finals twice in three years of Ninja Warrior competition. Alexio has never completed Stage 1 and just missed a third trip to Vegas last year, finishing 17th in the Daytona City Finals.
71. Brett Sims
Ninja Points: 331.32
Brett has been involved in Ninja competitions since before American Ninja Warrior began. He is a long-time competitor whose best season came in Season 8 when he was one of just 11 ninjas to complete a City Finals course. In Vegas, he timed out on the Warped Wall. This was his only career trip to Vegas and he just missed last season, completing the City Qualifying course but falling on the Salmon Ladder in the City Finals. Brett has also competed on Team TNT which finished second in both Season 1 and 2 of Team Ninja Warrior.
70. Mitch VeDepo
Ninja Points: 331.50
Mitch is a 3-time ninja veteran who has reached the Vegas Finals each of the last two years but fallen on the Jumping Spider both times.
Brandon is one of the “Towers of Power” – a duo of firefighters from Chicago who are among the tallest competitors in the competition. Mears is 6’6” and has had a successful ninja career since first competing in Season 5. In Season 7 he became the tallest competitor to clear Stage 1, making it to the Unstable Bridge on Stage 2 before falling. Last season, he (along with fellow Windy City Warriors Dan Polizzi and Ethan Swanson) had a shocking early exit on the Broken Pipes in the City Finals.
68. Chris DiGangi
Ninja Points: 337.08
Chris was one of the early competitors on Ninja Warrior, reaching the Vegas Finals in Season 4 and nearly missing in Season 5. After taking two seasons off, he returned in Season 8 but could not complete the first half of the course. Last season, he completed the Cleveland City Qualifiers course and made it to the Nail Clipper fast enough in the City Finals to earn a return trip to Vegas. His best season to date came to an end on the final obstacle of Stage 1, the Flying Squirrel. He also competed on Ninja vs Ninja as part of the LaBreckfast Club with his girlfriend Jesse “Flex” LaBreck and Jon Alexis Jr.
67. Paul Kasemir
Ninja Points: 341.19
Paul was one of the early stars of American Ninja Warrior. He reached the Vegas Finals in 4 straight seasons from Season 4 to Season 7, making it to Stage 2 three times. He has not competed in the last two seasons of American Ninja Warrior, taking time off to travel the world with his wife. Paul has competed on the last two seasons of Team Ninja Warrior/Ninja Vs Ninja as a member of Lorin Ball’s team The Ballers, helping them to earn a Wild Card spot into the playoffs this season.
Dan is the other half of the “Towers of Power” with fellow firefighter Brandon Mears. Like Brandon (and fellow Windy City Warrior Ethan Swanson) he is looking for a bounce-back year after the Broken Pipes ended his season in the City Finals. He has competed since Season 5 and reached the Vegas Finals twice – in Seasons 6 and 8 – and is hoping to return in another even-numbered season.
65. Michael Silenzi
Ninja Points: 357.24
Michael has competed since Season 4 of American Ninja Warrior and reached the Vegas Finals three times. His first trip to Vegas came in Season 4 when he timed out at the Warped Wall. In Season 5 he fell on the Jumping Spider. He returned to Vegas last year after not making it for three years and had his best season to date, conquering Stage 1.
64. Ethan Swanson
Ninja Points: 384.01
“The Daredevil” is known for his crazy YouTube videos where he posts death-defying stunts he performs around Chicago. Swanson is known for his speed, which can either result in him putting up the fastest time of the night or suffering an early exit as he tries to race through the obstacles. This was the case last season as he had one of the fastest runs in qualifying but went out early in the City Finals. His best year was in Season 8 when he made it all the way to Stage 2 in Vegas.
63. Gabe Hurtado
Ninja Points: 386.25
Gabe has reached the Vegas Finals in each of his two competitive seasons, falling on Stage 1 both times. Last season, he nearly completed the Los Angeles City Finals course, making it all the way to the final obstacle but gassing out on the Elevator Climb.
62. Lorin Ball
Ninja Points: 386.84
Lorin is a speedster who will either put up the fastest time of the night (as he did in the Denver Qualifiers) or take an early exit. He became the first ninja to record 4 consecutive fastest times on City Qualifier events this season after a lightning-quick charge through the Denver course. He returned to the Vegas Finals for the first time since Season 6 but fell on the Double Dipper on Stage 1.
61. James McGrath
Ninja Points: 397.11
“The Beast” is entering his 9th season of ANW competition and looking to get back to Vegas after coming up just short last season. Prior to that, he had reached Stage 2 (in Season 4) and Stage 3 (in Season 5), along with completing both Stage 1 and Stage 2 on the 2013 USA vs the World special. He splashed down on the Jumping Spider in Seasons 7 and 8. Last year, he completed the Cleveland City Qualifiers course but in the City Finals needed to complete the Nail Clipper to qualify for Vegas. He successfully navigated the obstacle but came up just short of the landing pad on his dismount, ending his season.
60. Ryan Robinson
Ninja Points: 398.25
Robinson is a two-time Vegas veteran entering his fourth season of competition. His best year was in Season 8 when he fell on the final obstacle of Stage 1 in the transition to the cargo net. Last season he just missed his 3rd straight trip to Vegas, finishing 16th in the City Finals.
59. Jo Jo Bynum
Ninja Points: 400.73
Bynum suffered a surprising early exit last season, falling on the new Wingnuts obstacle in City Qualifying. Before that, he had been to the Vegas Finals in 3 straight seasons and reached Stage 2 twice. He has the skill and abilities to put together a bounce-back season and return to Vegas.
58. Michael Torres
Ninja Points: 403.52
Torres is entering his third year of ninja competition. He has been to Vegas both of the previous years, reaching Stage 2 as a rookie and falling on the Jumping Spider last season.
57. Tremayne Dortch
Ninja Points: 407.29
Tre is a 6-time veteran of American Ninja Warrior. He started his career with 4 straight trips to the Vegas Finals. His best year was in Season 7 when he finally bested the Jumping Spider and reached Stage 2. The last two years he has gone out in the City Finals and is looking to make it back to Vegas for the first time since 2015.
56. Jesse LaBreck
Ninja Points: 413.02
“Flex” LaBreck continues to make a name for herself on the ninja circuit. She burst onto the scene in Season 8, qualifying for the Vegas Finals. Last season, she became the 6th woman to complete a Qualifying course in Cleveland then had a great run in Vegas where she nearly completed Stage 1 but fell on the transition to the cargo net on the last obstacle. She has captained the “LaBreckfast Club” team on the last two seasons of Team Ninja Warrior/Ninja vs Ninja.
55. Mike Meyers
Ninja Points: 414.48
Mike reached Stage 2 in Vegas as a rookie in Season 7 but had a surprising early fall in Season 8. He returned to Vegas last season but couldn’t get past the Double Dipper on Stage 1.
54. Brandon Pannell
Ninja Points: 419.50
Brandon is a three-time Vegas veteran, reaching the National Finals in Seasons 6, 8, and 9. In his two previous trips he fell on the Jumping Spider both times. He made it through the Jumping Spider last season but fell on the Flying Squirrel, the final obstacle of Stage 1.
53. Allyssa Beird
Ninja Points: 420.77
Beird was a rookie in Season 8 who made a name for herself as one of four female athletes to qualify for the Philadelphia City Finals. She was also part of Joe Moravsky’s Storm Team which won the Team Ninja Warrior Season 2 competition. Last season, she completed the Qualifying course in Cleveland, becoming the 6th woman in ANW history to complete a Qualification course. She continued her history-making run in Vegas by becoming the second woman to conquer Stage 1.
52. Dan Yager
Ninja Points: 434.03
Yager reached Stage 2 as a rookie in Season 7. He suffered a surprisingly early fall in the City Finals in Season 8 but bounced back last year to reach the Vegas Finals. He was taken out on the Double Dipper on Stage 1.
51. Robin Pietschmann
Ninja Points: 438.75
Robin returned to the Vegas Finals last season for the third time in four years. Unfortunately, he fell on the Flying Squirrel, making it the third time he had fallen on Stage 1.
Check back next week for the Top 50 on the list! Don’t forget, the 10th season of American Ninja Warrior begins on Wednesday, May 30 at 8pm on NBC. In the mean time, get your fix with the playoff rounds of Ninja vs Ninja on Monday Nights at 11pm on USA Network or check out the episodes online here.