The friendly rivalry between William Chrisman and host Fort Osage’s tennis teams could not have much more dramatic Tuesday afternoon as 35 mph wind gusts made things interesting in the Bears’ 5-4 conference victory.

It is a tradition to start matches at Fort Osage with singles play, and the U.S. 24 and Suburban Middle Seven rivals were knotted at 3-3 heading into doubles action.

Chrisman’s No. 1 doubles team of Sam Hawley and Adam Hamilton edged Sean Moore and Malcom Davis 8-4 and Jordan Twenter and Brandon Kuhlman clinched the win with an 8-5 No. 2 doubles victory.

That was huge, as the Indians’ No. 3 doubles team of Zach Erichson and Truman Gould-Smith claimed a 9-8 (7-5) victory to account for the final score.

“We rested some guys in singles today and some of our junior varsity guys got the opportunity to play up and Adam Hamilton and Brandon Kuhlman played doubles and helped us win at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and get the win over Coach (Jordan) Groves’ team.

“We really enjoy playing them. They are gracious hosts and our teams are really evenly matched. This was a good day – even if it was a little windy.”

Fort Osage’s Sean Moore downed Hawley 8-2 at No. 1 singles; the Bears’ Twenter won 8-2 over Ian Gunter at No. 2 singles; Chrisman’s Caysen Woods edged Landon O’Neal 8-6 at No. 3 singles; and the Bears’ Jakob Scott topped Malcom Davis 8-4 at No. 4 singles.

Fort Osage’s Arturo Guerrero beat Colton Kerr at No. 5 singles 8-1 and Erichson stopped Sam Foster 8-5 at No. 6 singles.

“We weren’t sure what No. 1 doubles was doing, but when our match ended, we found out that we helped the team win today and that’s special,” Kuhlman said. “It was pretty windy today, but it was windy for both teams and you just had to adjust your game depending on if the wind was in your face or at your back.”

Added Twenter: “You could use the wind to your advantage, and I think we did that today. We were able to get the win, despite the wind. When we found out we helped clinch the match we were happy.”

Despite the loss, Groves was pleased with his team’s performance.

“Jason is a great guy and coach and we really enjoy playing his team,” Groves said. “Both teams are evenly matched and the kids seem to enjoy competing against Chrisman.

“It’s become a good rivalry game and we look forward to it every time we play.”