Several Central Ohioans take on American Ninja Warrior course in Cleveland

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR -- "Cleveland Qualifier" -- Pictured: Michelle Warnky -- (Photo by: Duane Prokop/NBC)

CLEVELAND, OH (WCMH) – Several Ohioans, including some from central Ohio will be featured on Monday night’s episode of American Ninja Warrior.

Competitors will take on two new obstacles, Razor’s Edge and I-Beam gap, as well as the more familiar floating steps and rolling log.

NBC 4 caught up with a few of the local American ninja warrior competitors who have pretty intense workouts to prepare for the big show.
Michelle Warnky is from Worthington and has competed on American Ninja Warrior 5 times. She loves it so much she decided to open a gym where dozens of others train.
Shanon Paglieri appears on Monday nights show and says training is way different than taping for the actual show.
“I think challenging about being in the production is everything is definitely grander and further apart and the lights are shining. You film at night so running in the middle of the night 2:30 in the morning is a little tiring,” said Paglieri.
Competitors are chosen from thousands of audition tapes, Monday’s show was taped in Cleveland. Warnky and Paglieri trained hard for the show.
“Tonight one of the obstacles you’ll see is called the rolling long. It is brutal. It’s just you hang on and the log spins you around. Literally hanging on for dear life,” said Warnky.
This year, Michelle’s father, Chris Warnky will run the course as well.
“It is so much fun to watch my daughter compete she is such a great athlete, so much fun to watch her perform. Cheer her on and study what she’s doing so I can apply it myself,” said Chris Warnky.

“As you watch the show tonight and you see me run you are going to see a guy having a ball, actually stepping on that stage having it happen was a tremendous experience and I’ll never forget it for the rest of my life,” said Chris.
The ninjas are competing to qualify for the finals in early fall in Las Vegas where they have the chance to win the grand prize of one million dollars.
The episode will also feature returning Ninja Warrior stars Jon Alexis Jr., Mike Bernardo, Joe Moravsky and Jamie Rahn.

The following Ohioans will appear on Monday night’s episode:

  • Michelle Warnky – Worthington, OH
  • Michael Nowoslawski – Cleveland, OH
  • Shanon Paglieri – Westerville, OH
  • Rex Alba – Columbus, OH
  • Naeem Mulkey – Maineville, OH
  • Katie Tennant – Grove City, OH
  • Phillip Hucke – Springdale, OH
  • James Wilson – Cincinnati, OH
  • Amy Pajcic – Brecksville, OH
  • Chris Warnky – Westerville, OH

Watch American Ninja Warrior Monday, July 10 at 8pm on NBC4. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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