Two Lesser-Known National Champions
A new national team championship has been added to the trophy room at Notre Dame. It stands with the illustrious elevens of Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy and the George Keogan-coached basketball champions of the thirties as another emblem of Notre Dame's sports supremacy. This latest edition of outstanding Irish athletic squads is directed by Rev. B. H. Lange, C.S.C., and recently won the national weightlifting championship. This year's weightlifting tourney was sponsored by M.I.T. which conducted the tournament under A.A.U. supervision. The top 30 teams of the country competed under "mail order" rules. Each squad performed before A.A.U. recognized judges, and the results were forwarded to M.I.T. to determine the winner. Although individual winners have not been disclosed as yet, the team trophy was awarded to Notre Dame on the basis of its winning total of 15 points. This enabled the Irish lifters to edge Ohio State which closed with 14 points. M.I.T. completed the top three, the host school gathering in 9 points.
During the 1965-1966 year, the Fighting Irish won the Commonwealth Cup, Nassau Invitational, Midwest Tournament, Irish Challenge Cup, and the All-College Tournament. These wins resulted in the Fighting Irish being name Collegiate Rugby National Champions by Sports Illustrated.