Over the weekend of August 12, dozens of American Ninja Warrior competitors flocked to Grand Rapid, MI for the annual Rockford Ninja Warrior event.
The week of classes and training culminated in a fierce competition. An amateur league sent five women and five men on to the professional competition, which was stacked with familiar names.
When the dust settled, Adam Rayl led the men and Jesse Labreck took first in the women’s division. This echoes the results of the 2017 UNAA standings, where the two also dominated. Both also happen to be having pretty fantastic seasons on American Ninja Warrior, with Adam heading to the National Finals, and Jesse completing the Cleveland Qualifying course.
Second place in the men’s division went to Joe Moravsky, who will be back on the American Ninja Warrior course August 14, for the Cleveland City Finals. Rebekah Bonilla, second place behind Jesse Labreck, is one of the two women from the Los Angeles City Finals to move on to the National Finals in Las Vegas.
Drew Drechsel placed third in the Rockford competition, with just about two seconds separating his and Joe Moravksy’s completion times. The line up of Ninjas was a who’s who of some of the strongest competitors we know of.