Trumbull youth aims for Ninja Warrior crown

TRUMBULL — Trumbull’s Jake Scionti is on his way.

Jake is one of the junior ninjas from across the U.S. competing in Season 2 of American Ninja Warrior Junior. Competitors race head-to-head alongside Season 1 reigning champions and fan favorites in three age brackets: 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14-year-olds.

Jake is competing in the 9-10 bracket. He won his qualifying race and is moving on in the competition. New episodes air Fridays at 6 p.m. on the Universal Kids Network.

He both set a fast time — and won his race when his opponent fell on an obstacle. During the episode, which aired April 3, commentators revealed that Drew’s nickname, the Six-Pack Ninja, comes from an earlier competition. Competing in a baggy athletic T-shirt, a commentator observed he was “probably hiding a six-pack” under his shirt, using a slang term for well-defined abdominal muscles.

When not training, Jake said he enjoyed reading.

New to the course for Season 2 are 10 iconic American Ninja Warrior obstacles including the Shrinking and Floating Steps, the Little Dipper, Spider Walls, Double Tilt Ladders, Crazy Cliffhanger, the Block Run, Flying Squirrel, Wingnuts and Skyhooks.

Three final winners — one per age bracket— will ultimately be crowned “American Ninja Warrior Junior” champions on June 12.

Jake trains in Hamden under 7-time Ninja Warrior competitior Drew Dreschel.