Triplets are companions, competition in arena
If people think they’re seeing triple on the wrestling mat for the Amherst Broncos or at a high school rodeo arena, they probably are.
Colin, Logan and Devin Dibbern are triplets who all either wrestle, rodeo or play 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 17-year-old boys, who live north of Riverdale, Neb., all wrestle, each in a different weight division. They all rodeo in team roping and tie-down roping. Colin and Devin compete in saddle bronc riding, and Devin and Logan in steer wrestling. Logan and Devin played football for Amherst High School, Logan as an outside linebacker and running back and Devin as middle linebacker and running back. Colin didn’t play this year because of 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 Old West.
The triplets also 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, said. 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 said.
Logan loves 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.
Colin said the boys are closer, in part, since they’ve done everything together since they were little. “Companions” is how Devin described it.
All three boys have competed at state wrestling in Lincoln. This was Colin’s first year at state because of the ACL injuries. Logan and Devin both have finished in the top four the last three years. In football, Logan and Devin made up one-fourth of the Amherst Broncos eight-man team that made it all the way to the semifinals.
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 life after school. All three will attend college and want to come back to farm and ranch. They already work with their dad, Billy, in the family’s farm and ranch operation.
For Karen and Billy, raising triplets has been “a blur,” Billy said. But it has been a pleasure, too.
“They’re all their own individual person,” Karen said. “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,” she said.
Karen and Billy have enjoyed every minute of it.
“I have no regrets,” Karen said. “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-Lincoln rodeo team as a steer wrestler and team roper.