Photo by Ruth Nicolaus
The Dibbern triplets, from left: Colin, Devin, and Logan.
If you ever think you’re seeing triple on the wrestling mat for the Amherst Broncos, or at a high school rodeo arena, you probably are.
That’s because the Dibbern triplets: Colin, Logan and Devin, who are 17 years old, are either wrestling, rodeoing, or for Logan and Devin, playing football.
Logan and Devin look the most alike, and as young kids, occasionally tricked a substitute teacher who couldn’t tell them apart. They don’t do that as much now, in part, because Logan jokes, “I’m quite a bit better looking now.”
The three boys, who live north of Riverdale, all wrestle, each in a different weight division, and all rodeo, each in the team roping and tie-down roping, and Colin and Devin in the saddle bronc riding, and Devin and Logan in the steer wrestling. Logan and Devin played football for Amherst, Logan as an outside linebackres and running back, and Devin as middle linebacker and running back. Colin didn’t play this year, due to ACL injuries.
As juniors at Amherst High School, they each have their particular favorites in school. Colin enjoys chemistry and science, Logan likes math, and working with metal and woods in shop class, and Devin prefers history and studying the cowboys and Indians time period.
The triplets are involved in FFA; Logan was this year’s vice-president and hopes to be elected president for next year.
Each boy has a bit different personality, their mom Karen says. Colin is outgoing and loves working with little kids. He spends an hour each day as assistant in the kindergarten classroom at Amherst, and the kids love him. “They think I’m famous,” he says. Logan loves the hands-on work and has made five branding irons for next year’s branding (they’ve already branded their 2014 calf crop).
Even though they have different interests, they enjoy being triplets. When it comes to rodeo practice, “you’ve always got someone to help you, someone who can give you pointers,” Devin said. Collin says the boys are closer, in part since they’ve done everything together since they were little. “Companions” was how Devin described it.
All three boys have competed at state wrestling in Lincoln. This was Collin’s first year at state because of ACL injuries. Logan and Devin have both finished in the top four for the last three years. And in football, Logan and Devin made up one-fourth of the Amherst Broncos eight-man team that made it all the way to the semi-finals.
They’ve also qualified for the Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings their freshman and sophomore years, and are on track to do it again this June.
The boys share their dream for their life after school. All three will attend college and want to come back to farm and ranch. They already work with their dad, Billy, on the family’s farm and ranch operation.
For Karen and Billy, raising triplets has been “a blur,” Billy says. But it’s been a pleasure, too. “They’re all their own individual person,” Karen says, “different personalities, really great characteristics and strengths.” Having three children the same age catches people’s attention. “It’s unique. It’s something not everybody has, and it’s a good conversation starter, that’s for sure.”
Karen and Billy have enjoyed every minute of it. “I have no regrets,” Karen says. “I’ve always said, if we could be guaranteed three like this again, I’d have done it again.”
The triplets have an older brother, Bryce, who is 21 and is on the University of Nebraska rodeo team as a steer wrestler and team roper.
The Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo will be held in Hastings on June 19-21 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on June 19 and 20, and at 1 p.m. on June 21. For more information, visit AdamsCountyFairgrounds.com or hsrodeo-nebraska.com, or call 402.462.3247.