FREDERICK -- For No. 9 South Carroll, the problems started before it took the mat last night at Frederick.
A flu bug has riddled the team in recent days. It especially hurt South Carroll in the lower weights and helped Frederick take an early 21-point lead on the way to a 37-27 win that clinched the Central Maryland Conference title.
South Carroll (8-3-1, 4-1-1) lost its regular wrestlers at 103 and 112 pounds -- Joe Wheeler and Tim Hymiller -- because of the flu. Frederick's Rocky Semon (103) and Ivan Zdanov then started the match with pins for a 12-0 lead.
South Carroll coach Pete Olson -- whose team clinched second in the CMC, its best finish ever -- said before the match that beating Frederick would not be easy but the flu problems made things worse.
"Ten points is not a lot in wrestling," said Olson. "When we beat them, we [usually] beat them by decisions, but when they beat us, they often got pins [five overall]."
Frederick (10-1, 5-0), ranked sixth in the state, wanted a victory so it could capture its second straight CMC title.
"We wanted to win it two years in a row so we could show last year wasn't a fluke," said Frederick coach Andre Jackson.
Semon started things by taking down Josh Pescetto six seconds into the match. He pinned Pescetto at 1:45, and Zdanov followed by pinning Brian Miller at 50 seconds.
Kevin Ferraro (119) then topped South Carroll's Chris Heard, 5-2, and Christian Davis (125) stretched the Frederick lead to 21-0 by pinning Scott Wachter.
Dan Alberter (130) -- ranked fourth in the state -- then scored a tough 5-0 decision over Billy Wynne. Mike Muller (135) followed for the Cavaliers with a pin of Bruce Suter at 2:48.
Shane Hildebrande (140) answered for Frederick with a pin of Joe Morton, but South Carroll's Jason Hamper (145) cut the lead to 27-12 with an 11-5 victory over Bo Harper.
But the Cadets took over after that. Frederick's Rick Reeder (152) first fell behind Josh Elder, 7-4. Reeder rallied, however, to take the lead and pin Elder.
Will Scheetz (160) clinched the match with three bouts left when he topped Andy Mann, 11-3. South Carroll won the final three matches.
Charlie Conaway (171), tied for second in the state at 160, beat Craig McIlvaine (tied for sixth at 171), 4-1. Two-time state champion Mike Chenoweth (189) -- ranked first at 171 -- won by forfeit and Tom Crown pinned Andy Mullen in the heavyweight match.