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Nate Burkhalter snagged his first Stage One buzzer

It was his first trip back to the National Finals since season eight.

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Nate Burkhalter waited a long time to get back to Stage One of the American Ninja Warrior National Finals. His first trip there was in season eight, and he didn’t see that starting line again until season 11.

But after missing out on the buzzers in the Seattle/Tacoma region, he was ready to make the most of his return. On night one of the National Finals, Nate was the first Ninja we saw reach the buzzer. He didn’t take down Stage One in season eight, making this a big moment for Nate.

Watch his run above. Nate will next take on Stage Two of the National Finals!