BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The American Ninja Warrior craze has hit home since our Berkeley Heights' Ninja, Anthony DeFranco, appeared in his inaugural run last summer on this popular hit show on NBC.

We've been following him since his initial "Run of the Night" in Philadelphia during the 2016 season. His run ended in the Vegas finals after finishing 11th in the regional finals.  

Once again, DeFranco's performance has landed him on Stage 1 in the Vegas finals that will air tonight, Monday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. on NBC. 

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DeFranco was deemed the "Fastest Run of the Night" in his first performance of the 2017 season -- tying Ninja Weatherman, Joe Moravsky.

DeFranco then placed 9th in the City Finals in Cleveland [aired Monday, August 14, 2017], making it to the Nail Clipper obstacle in a time of 4:03.32 before his run came to an end. The top 15 males and top two females qualified to advance to the National Finals. The only two Ninja's to complete the course were the Ninja Weatherman Joe Moravsky and Ninja Super Hero Jamie Rahn.

Check back with TAPinto Berkeley Heights for DeFranco's results of the Vegas Finals and for future plans for this Berkeley Heights' Ninja.