Year Inducted: 2003
Nominated By: Donnie Gray (friend)
Sports Competed In: Baseball, Football, Water Skiing
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete
Before High School:
Played football for a year as a two-way starter and was a city champion on the wrestling squad at 127 lbs., in 1960.
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S., graduating in 1964.....Played guard/linebacker on football team...Wrestled at weights ranging from 138 lbs to 154 lbs during his career.
● Earned five varsity letters (three in wrestling and two in football) playing each sports three season.
● Played guard/linebacker for the Bulldogs and recorded the most team tackles two consecutive years (1962-63).
● Earned All-Conference honors on defense and was voted to the Second Team on offense by The Denver Post in 1963. (Bulldogs finished the season as the state runner-up in the Class 3A State football playoffs).
● The only wrestler in Pueblo Centennial history to have undefeated season (21-0), winning the Class 3A championship.
● Two-time conference champions and East Tournament champion at 145 lbs and 154 lbs during his junior and senior years in (1963-64).
● During junior season (1963), posted 13 wins against five losses and two draws and was a third place finisher at the conference meet.
● Earned state qualifying honors in his sophmore year (1962) at 138 lbs.
Went to Western State College (WSC) in Gunnison, CO... Played at guard/linebacker for the Mountaineers football team for two seasons (earned two letters)... Also wrestled for the Mountaineers.
● Member of WSC's two-time Rocky Mountain Conference Champions in 1964 and 1965 and he had the opportunity play in the 1965 Mineral Water Bowl that took place in Excelsior, MO.
● Placed runner-up at the Wyoming Freshman Tournament in 1965 (at 167 lbs) and hird at the 1966 Mountain Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (MIWA) Tournament in the 191 lbs weight class.
● Rocky Mountain Conference Wrestling Champion (1966).
Earned a Masters Rating in Salome and Jumping and was a member of the Century Club (must have jumped 100 ft. or more in an American Water Ski Association (AWSA) sanctioned tournament.)...World Record at that time 132 ft. held by Chuck Stearns...Qualified with a jump of 112 ft. which he later improved to 124 ft. at the Masters Tournament at Sloans Lake in Denver, CO in 1963... Member of the AWSA "Barefoot Club" - skiing on bare feet (No skis).
● Enshrined in the Pueblo Centennial H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame.
● Along with his father Lisle, were among the first Pueblo residents to become involved in competitive water skiing.
● Jerry, Lisle and Bill Davis (Outboard marine, and Gene Pike) built the only water ski jump in Pueblo’s history...It was at the former Steel City Boat Club, located across from Fountain Sand and Gravel Company.
● Developed into a world class water skier in Salome and jumping, often finishing in the top three behind the previously mentioned Chuck Stearns, who at that time was overall reigning World Champion.
● Instrumental in teaching the sport of water skiing to many people who continue to enjoy the sport today.
● The first to accomplish the feat of skiing on his bare feet, later, becoming certified by the AWSA the “Barefoot Club”.
● Upon his death in 1967, the wrestling coaches of the South Central League devoted a trophy in his name which was awarded to the Outstanding Wrestler of the local State Qualifying Wrestling Tournament...The "Jerry Pike Memorial Award" has been presented by a member of the family for the past 37 years and continues today.
Was 20 years old at the time that he was killed in a car wreck on Monarch pass on February 3, 1967.