As Mathis ‘Kid’ Owhadi started his run on Stage One, Akbar yelled out, “He can’t gamble in Vegas, but he could win a $1 million!”
That’s a perfect way to describe what’s going on with this American Ninja Warrior. At just 19-years-old, he’s one of the youngest competitors ever on the program. He’s also enjoyed a pretty perfect rookie season. In both the Dallas Qualifiers and City Finals, he completed the course with one of the top five times.
Mathis isn’t exactly inexperienced though. He’s been training with the likes of Daniel Gil and Drew Drechsel for years. As Mathis told us earlier, those relationships are a huge part of why we’re seeing him on the course now.
“Training with Daniel Gil is amazing. We push each other. Barclay Stockett. The whole community in Houston is great. I think that’s what’s kept me going for so long. I think it if was just Ninja and not the people, I’d be like, ‘Alright, this is cool.’ But it wouldn’t be something I’d want to do for seven years in a row.”
When Daniel Gil tore through Stage One with a time of 1:46.65, we thought we’d seen the fastest time of the night, hands down. But then Mathis showed us what happens when the student surpasses the teacher.