Dean Edge of Rimbey, Alta., earned Reserve Champion honors, and Sixto Paiz from Portales, N.M., was named Runner-Up Champion.
Other top 10 finalists were Andy Baumeister, Goldthwaite, Texas; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Dakota Davis, Waukomis, Okla.; Justin Dodson, Welch, Okla.; Brennin Jack, Virden, Man.; Wade Leist, Boyne City, Mich.; and Curtis Wetovick, Fullerton, Neb.
Additional semi-finalists were Neil Bouray, Webber, Kan.; Shannon Davis, Winnsboro, Texas; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; Michael Imbrogno, Turlock, Calif.; Marcus Kent, Dunnellon, Fla.; Lynn Langvardt, Chapman, Kan. (High Score Interview); Ed Leist, Gaylord, Mich.; Lane Marbach, Victoria, Texas; Brandon McLagan, Elmer, Mo.; Jeremy Miller, Fairland, Okla.; Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio; Ben Morgan, Organ Cave, W.Va.; Chris Pinard, Swainsboro, Ga.; Jack Riggs, Glenns Ferry, Idaho; Troy Robinett, Decatur, Texas (Rookie of the Year); Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kan.; Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.; Andrew Sylvester, Wamego, Kan.; Seth Waldroup, Westminster, S.C.; and Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Ga.
As the new champion, Massey will spend the next year traveling the country, sharing his auctioneering skills with other livestock auction markets and acting as a spokesperson on behalf of the livestock marketing industry and LMA.
“I’ve always enjoyed going to different markets, even if I’m not auctioneering,” Massey said. “When we take family vacations, and I find out there’s a barn in the area, we’ll make a point to stop just so I can visit. I love the industry and I love cattle auctions, so I’m really looking forward to visiting and selling at markets I’ve never been to and meeting new people.”
Massey regularly sells for Mid-South Regional Livestock Center, LLC in Unionville, Tenn. and two United Producers, Inc. locations in Columbia and Fayetteville, Tenn.
A one-hour highlight show from the 2023 competition will air on RFD-TV June 29, with starting times based on local listings. WLAC fans can mark their calendars for the 2024 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which will be held June 12-15, 2023, at Oklahoma National Stockyard in Oklahoma City.