Nadine Ihde rises to challenge of being only female wrestling referee

MARION, Iowa (KCRG) - Nadine Ihde is the only high school wrestling referee in the state of Iowa who is a woman. She's entering her 19th season. Despite her experience, there have been some tough times with coaches testing her knowledge.

"Yes, they (coaches) did challenge me," said Ihde. "And I think there's probably a few that are still not quite sure whether I know anything about wrestling. You usually have to watch me just once to kind of figure out that I know what I'm doing."

She has officiated sectionals and districts, and hopes to one day officiate the state tournament in Des Moines.