TWF Syracuse Comp Squad headed to NNL New England Regionals
Over two weekends in late May and early June athletes on The Warrior Factory Syracuse Competition Squad will be competing against other top ninjas in the New England Region of the National Ninja League (NNL), vying for a coveted spot to compete at the NNL World Finals held the last week of June. 
 
These 21 athletes representing nine different school districts in Central New York had to place in the top three of an NNL qualifying competition to be eligible to compete in the Regional Qualifiers. To have all 21 athletes reach this milestone is no small feat and a testament to the dedication of both the kids and the coaches at The Warrior Factory Syracuse(TWF). Many of these ninjas were new to the sport and started training in earnest this July when TWF created it’s inaugural Competition Squad. Needing to close the gap between these new athletes and other ninjas that had already been training for years, TWF put together an aggressive training schedule to allow its team to be able to compete and find success at competitions around the region. Based on the 100% qualification rate, it would appear the strategy was a success.  The National Ninja League is the premier ninja league in the nation. With hundreds of member gyms across the country, it draws thousands of athletes to sanctioned competitions in all age divisions from 6-40+. The league is in its 6th season and has grown by thousands of athletes each year. 
 
Coached by three-time American Ninja Warrior competitor and Elite level ninja Julien McConnell, this team will be one to watch as it continues to train, gain experience and grow. McConnell has a history of training World Champions and has brought his well-developed teaching methods to The Warrior Factory Syracuse. To have this resource, along with the other expert-level coaches that train the team and other students at The Warrior Factory, is a boon for any aspiring ninja in CNY.
 
Not everyone knows ninja is a sport. That will continue to change as the sport grows, athletes realize they can train and compete on a weekly basis just like more traditional sports, and facilities like The Warrior Factory Syracuse continue to offer top-level training and development of future star athletes. 
 
While it is possible for any of TWF ninjas to qualify for Worlds by placing in the top five of their age division and gender at the Regional Qualifier, there are a few ninjas on the roster that are likely locked in due to their current placement in their respective age divisions - Zoie Whelan, a Christian Brothers Academy 8th grader, is currently ranked 2nd in the Teen Female division. Zoie’s grip strength, grit and efficiency make her a definite contender for the Teen World title. Another strong female athlete at TWF Syracuse, Anella Bolster, a Marcellus sophomore, is currently ranked 1st in the Young Adult Female division. A skilled ninja that is fluid, efficient and strong, Anella will be the one to beat for the Young Adult Female World title. Other top 20 ranked ninjas include Griffin Cooper (11) for Kids Male; Kathryn Vergamini (12), Avery Young (13), and Abigail Ames (14) in the Kids Female division; Willie the Bullet (20) for Mature Kids Male, Morgan Cooper (12) for Mature Kids Female; and  Dani Duke (11) in the Preteen Female division. 
 
Anyone interested in tuning into the Regional Qualifiers and World Finals can watch via the National Ninja League’s live stream from their Facebook page. All competitions throughout the season are live streamed via Facebook allowing ninjas across the nation to view and gauge competitions, course layouts and obstacles from any location. To learn more about the Competition Squad at The Warrior Factory Syracuse check out the Comp Squad FAQ.

The Warrior Factory Syracuse Competition Squad Roster NNL Season VI

Kids (6-8)

Grade

School District

School

Gabby Licata

1

East Syracuse Minoa

Fremont Elementary

Ryan Karla

1

Skaneateles

Waterman Elementary

Abby Ames

2

West Genesee

East Hill Elementary

Harper Bergin

2

West Genesee

Split Rock Elementary

Kathryn Vergamini

2

West Genesee

East Hill Elementary

Alex Vergamini

2

West Genesee

East Hill Elementary

Griffin Cooper

1

Word of Life Christian Academy

 

Avery Young

3

Skaneateles

State St Intermediate

       

Mature Kids (9 & 10)

Grade

School District

School

Ryan Kobasa

4

Onondaga

Wheeler Elementary

Kennedy Stach

5

Homeschool

Homeschool

Morgan Cooper

5

Word of Life Christian Academy

 

Nick Leite

4

Onondaga

Wheeler Elementary

Wille The Bullet

4

Immaculate Conception

 

Jack Doshna

4

Marcellus

Driver Middle

       

Preteen (11 & 12)

Grade

School District

School

Juliana Manfredi

6

North Syracuse

Gillette Rd Middle School

Dani Duke

6

North Syracuse

Gillette Rd Middle School

Jack Michel

6

Marcellus

Driver Middle

Jack Ciesielski

7

West Genesee

Camillus Middle

       

Teen (13 & 14)

Grade

School District

School

Alice Zhu

7

Fayetteville Manlius

Eagle Hill Middle School

Zoie Whelan

8

Christian Brothers Academy

 
       

Young Adult (15 - 17)

Grade

School District

School

Anella Bolster

10

Marcellus

Marcellus Senior High

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